It’s no secret that New Year’s resolutions or goals typically don’t have the longest shelf life. Countless studies have shown that approximately 80 percent of resolutions are often abandoned by the end of January.

A major reason for this drop-off is that people haven’t established healthy habits and strategies to keep themselves on track. They often choose overly ambitious or vague goals that aren’t realistic. They don’t know how to manage them, become overwhelmed, and eventually give up.

Don’t let the statistics discourage you! If you are serious about seeing your goals through in 2022 – to get organized, lose weight, improve relationships, spend less money – having a solid plan in place will help you stay motivated to achieve the results you want.

Here are 8 simple and effective strategies for successfully sticking to your 2022 goals:

1. Get in the right mindset.

Before setting a goal, take some time to reflect on WHY this goal is important to you. What will achieving the result mean for you? How will it make a difference in your life? Know your WHY and remind yourself of it daily. Commit to every decision you make.

2. Prepare what you need in advance.

Each evening before bed, do whatever you need to set yourself up for tomorrow’s success. Organize your to-do list, pick out your clothes, meal prep, pack your gym bag. Having those first steps complete will make it much easier to stay on track. You will wake up in a great state, refreshed and ready to take on the day.

3. Add it to the calendar.

View your goals like they are appointments. Having a set plan will hold you accountable to show up. Block out a specific amount of time in your schedule to work on your goal. Scheduling your goals in your calendar keeps them at the forefront of your mind. It also allows you to focus on progress rather than completion. Success is an evolutionary process!

4. Get Specific.

Goals that are too big can be overwhelming and unsustainable. Make your goal as specific as possible, as well as measurable. For example, if your goal is to get in better shape, what exactly does “better shape” mean? Try a more measurable goal such as “run for 30 minutes 3 times a week.” The more specific the goal, the easier it is to stick to them.

5. Small steps, every day.

Think about what “micro” habits you can make to help keep you on track to achieve your goals. For example, make one networking call each week, get outside for 15 minutes each day, read 10 pages of that book you intend to finish. 

6. Bring your friends.

If your goal is to get in shape, find a friend or loved one to team up with and commit to holding each other accountable. Having a partner by your side (and a coach!) will motivate you to go further.

7. Journal your progress.

Journaling creates a space for mindfulness, can help you identify challenges, and find solutions to reach your goals. Record your progress, express the emotions that come up, and the challenges you overcome. By noting what you did to work towards your specific goal, and how you felt during the day, you will become more aware of your roadblocks and identify ways to be successful.

8. Celebrate the small victories.

Give yourself permission to smile and be proud of your accomplishments, no matter the size. Every little win is like a stepping stone, moving you forward on your journey to your true goal.

 

For more insight on health, wealth, and happiness for leaders in 2022, visit the CCG blog.