The year is now half way over, and if you’re like me or the majority of people, you’ve likely given up on a few of those New Year’s Resolutions by this point.
Research tells us that, on average, only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions. But even though the year is inching towards a close, there is still time to rack up some accomplishments.
Here are five ways to do just that…
1. Understand you still have time
I’m not a hockey fan, but I love this quote by famous player, Wayne Gretzky:
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
Even if you abandoned your resolutions somewhere around February or March, there is still time to make progress towards your goals. After all, accomplishing something is better than not accomplishing anything.
2. Make a revised plan
If your goal was to get abs by summer, I hate to break it to you, but summer is just about over. The good news is, however, that you can still get those abs (or close to it), but you need an updated plan.
Take some time to reassess your resolutions and pick the most important ones. From there, turn them into S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-oriented, and Time-bound.
- Specific: Define the What, Why, and How by writing your desired outcomes down simply and clearly.
- Measurable: What variable can you measure to show real evidence that you’re achieving your goal?
- Achievable: Do you have the time and skills needed to achieve this goal?
- Results-oriented: Your goals should be about achieving a certain outcome, not doing the activities that lead to the outcome.
- Time-bound: You need a specific due-date for yourself and, if applicable, mini-due dates to stay on track.
3. Get an accountability partner
One of the best ways to achieve a goal is to have someone by your side encouraging and motivating you. This method works even better if that person is also working on a goal of their own, and you can serve as their encourager and motivator.
4. Use tracking tools and strategies
There are a number of ways to track your goals. Whether you use a goal-tracking app like Stride, a habit tracker in your journal, or a huge wall calendar that stares at you every day, use something that will visualize and record your progress.
5. Stay motivated!
Ponder this recent Monday Motivation from TRI: “If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.”
— TRI Leadership (@TeamTRI) 31 July 2017
It’s easy to give up on goals, especially the really tough ones. Keep thinking about the finish line and stay focused on how you’ll feel once you’re successful.
There is still time to achieve your resolutions! Make a new plan, get a buddy, track your progress, and stay motivated towards your goals. You just might impress yourself! And when next year rolls around, you’ll be ready to take on a new set of challenges with awesome confidence.