5 Ways To Make Your Resolutions Stick

We all do it. We go into the New Year with every good intention to change our lives, diets, fitness and careers.

So why does it all fall apart so quickly? Well, here’s how to create resolutions that actually stick, so we can make 2013 the best year yet!

1. Make COMMITMENTS not resolutions.

What’s the difference? Well here’s the Oxford English dictionary’s definition:

RESOLUTION > Noun. (1) a firm decision to do or not to do something:

COMMITMENT > (1) the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity:

Resolutions tend to fail because we are not dedicated to making them a reality. We wish they would happen, but we also wish we would win the lottery!

2. Focus on only ONE thing in each area of your life

One of the mistakes most of us make is trying to change too many things all at once. You need to be able to focus your brain and energy on one thing at a time. Make a change and move on to the next one.

3. Be ACCOUNTABLE

Yes, I know you’ve heard this before and its not exactly rocket science BUT having an “accountability buddy” works. Choose someone you trust and who will give you some tough love when you need it to keep you on the right track. You can choose one person or three, but announcing it to all your Facebook ‘friends’ wont help.

4. Get SPECIFIC

Simply stating that you ‘want to loose weight’ or get fit wont cut it. You need to be specific; “ Run a half marathon by September’ (even better still book yourself onto the half marathon in September), ‘Loose a stone by March’. If it’s a business goal, you need to be equally specific, simply wishing to ‘Earn a £1,000,000 isn’t going to make it happen, but setting yourself a specific goal of ‘Increasing my profit by £5,000 a month by August’ has a good chance … If you …

5. Have a PLAN

Without a plan of HOW you are going to achieve any of this, it will all be wishful thinking. I think it was Mr T from the A Team who once said “A promise is nothing but a comfort to a fool”. Want to loose a stone by March, then you need a plan of how and where you are going to exercise and how you are going to change your eating habits. Want to increase your profits by £5,000 a month by August? You need a plan of how many new clients you need to do that and understand which part of your business is the most profitable so you can focus all your efforts on the right areas. It’s not rocket science, we can all do it, but we’ve got to …

STOP TALKING, START DOING!

Start getting accountable now and tell me what your New Year Commitments are in the comments below.