On New Year’s Resolutions and Goal Setting

It’s the dawn of a new year, and people often find themselves reflecting on the year that passed and anticipating the new year, and with it new beginnings. New year’s resolutions often revolve around personal development and aim to improve one’s health, career, finances etc.

According to a study by Richard Wiseman (2007), 88% of new year’s resolutions fail. Here are a few tips in your process towards making a change and being part of those 12% who are able to succeed at it:

1) Set goals


Firstly, pick only one goal to change at a time. In goal setting, it is very important that all goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time sensitive). Making a new year’s resolution that does not consider these aspects is essentially setting yourself up for failure. Rather than setting one, large goal, it is preferred to break your goal down into smaller, more manageable chunks and reward yourself along the way.

2) Get support

Getting support throughout the process of reaching your goal is extremely important for 2 main reasons: 1) Motivation to continue, 2) Makes your commitment more concrete and increases your sense of accountability. Support can be sought out by a family member, co-worker, friend, or someone making the same change. Be sure to write down your goal, as this also helps to increase the likelihood of success.

Remember, changing a behavior takes time (several months, in fact)! So be patient, and don’t lose faith.

So if you’ve set a New Year’s Resolution for 2013, I hope you use it as an exciting opportunity for adding meaning, purpose and success in your life.

Happy New Year to all!

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? What habits will you change in 2013?


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