The easiest way to achieve a goal is to do a simple goal setting activity. Here are 5 goal setting activities that will help you commit to and achieve your new year's resolutions.
I explain these methods using myself as an example and my success as proof that this works. Enjoy and good luck!
Be REALLY specific. Instead of just saying that you're going to lose
weight, specify how you are going to do it, how much weight you want to
lose and any other details you can think of. Losing weight becomes...I'm
going to lose 15 pounds by hula hooping on a regular basis.
Make molehills out of mountains with this goal setting activity. Break down your resolutions into small, doable tasks. I'm going to lose 15 pounds by hula hooping for 15 minutes a day for 3 days each week. That's a total of 45 minutes a week...so doable!
Or in my case, tell the whole world! Yes, this hula hooping example I've been using is real and it was one of my 2012 new years resolutions. I kept myself accountable by telling my family and friends that I had started hula hooping for exercise. Then I started posting videos on YouTube of my progress, and I gained a following. Hence, I really stuck with it...after all, I couldn't let my fans down!
Knowing myself, I get things done when they are on my calendar. I picked time slots that were realistic and scheduled appointments each week for these 15 minute hula hooping sessions for a few months. I recommend you do this until this resolution has become a habit. In my case, I really started to love hula hooping to the point that I now do it for 30 minutes to an hour almost every day of the week without scheduling it and without "making" myself do it!
Reward yourself when you make positive progress, and cut yourself some slack when you don't. Whenever I lost a pound or learned a new hula hooping trick, I would announce it to my husband for some praise. If I missed a hula hooping session, then I would do it a little longer the next day and not dwell on it.