New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve all been there on Jan 1st proudly stating that from now on we’re hitting the gym 3 times a week, going Vegan (VERY 2020), giving up smoking… you get the picture.

And whilst the turn of the new year is always a great time to have a fresh start and make certain changes, research shows that around a quarter of people give up their resolutions after just one week, while fewer than 1 in 10 will maintain their goal to the end of the year.

In fact, walking away from resolutions is so common that Jan 17th 2020 is now officially called ‘Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day’ (hence this perfectly timed post). Today is thought to be THE day when a large number of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions.

Resolutions can vary greatly, and in the main, they are great as mostly they are about achieving something that will have a positive impact in your life. Whatever your aim is – the important thing is that you are on the right path to achieve it. Personally and for my team here at Strictly Recruitment, I prefer to set goals constantly throughout the year so we’re always striving for something and of course, stay motivated.

I’ve put together some tips to help you stay on track with your New Year resolutions and maximize your chances of not giving up.

  1. Set GOALS constantly, not New Year’s Resolutions

Goals direct your focus and attention. They help you remain consistent in the face of adversity. They increase your self-confidence and help you develop problem-solving strategies. Research shows that the leading figures in business and sport have clear, simple and targeted daily goals. They know what they want to accomplish each day. So in turn, they know how their daily goals connect to their long-term goals, plans and dreams.

  1. Make it measurable

It’s very important to make your goals specific and measurable. For example, if you want to exercise more, set the amount of time you want this to be. i.e. 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week; or if you want to get a new job, make sure you know exactly what type of job you want to move into. By assigning a specific target, you are specifying what goal success looks like.

  1. Set goals aligned with who you are

Set your goals according to your personal mind-set and lifestyle. Personally I like go BIG with my goals as I want to achieve big things. My view is that nothing worth doing in life should be done once a year. My big goals help inspire me and keep me driven. We all know the saying “shoot for the stars and hit the moon”. But that said, I totally understand everyone’s brain is wired very differently and this approach won’t work for everyone. The bottom line – be true to yourself and consider the resources and time you have available to help you meet your goals.

  1. Make a plan

So you know what you want to achieve, but make sure you also determine the when, where, and why of your vision – that way you can establish an action plan and set yourself on the right path to achieve your goal.

  1. Be in love with the process

Have a good look into the people who consistently achieve their goals, and you’ll quickly see that it’s not the events or the results that make them different. It’s their love and commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event.

And the best bit about that… is that this focus on the process is what will allow you to enjoy the results anyway!

So cancel those unhealthy lunch and dinner plans, get back to the gym and don’t be a quitter! And definitely don’t be cliché enough to quit today!

Good luck!

Paul Kelly.

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