As the clock struck midnight, the seconds steadily ticking us into 2018, there is little doubt that millions of hopefuls across the globe, perhaps yourself included, made that silent oath to better themselves in the 365 days to come. But how many oaths will remain unbroken (when temptation comes knocking)? It’s human nature to have hopes, ideas and dreams for the future. Visions that keep us awake at night into the early hours of the morning. About the sort of person we want to become – or the kind of things we want to achieve. Turning these goals into a reality, however, is another story. Here are Atmo’s top 5 tips to keep you in (or put you back into) the driver’s seat this year and prevent your oaths from falling to pieces.
1. Write it down everyday.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, Virgin founder and selfmade billionaire, Richard Branson, is a great believer in the idea that ‘simple act of writing it down will help you stick to it.’ Branson is one of a hoard of successful entrepreneurs that devote time each day to putting their thoughts, ideas and plans to paper. Clearly they’re on to something.
2. Seek Accountability.
Telling someone you’re going to do something and then not doing it is embarrassing, right? The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) studied accountability and discovered that your chances of reaching a goal goes up to 95% if you have an accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed. So there you go. Tell your close ones your plans to stop yourself backing out.
3. Strong reason “why”.
If you can’t answer “why” you’ve made your resolution, chances are, you’re already in trouble. Resolve is a limited resource and if your goals don’t hold a deeper meaning to you, then you are likely to sway. Figure out the destination you want to reach early to prevent yourself from getting lost on the road.
4. Manage your Time.
Everyone has commitments. But it’s up to you to make your innermost desires your priority. Alluding to one of the busiest women she studied who made time, (20 hrs), to get her broken boiler fixed during the week, Laura Vanderkam, writer, author and speaker, said in her TED talk, ‘There is time. Even if we are busy, we have time for what matters’. Whether it’s getting fit, eating healthy or thriving in your work, every resolution involves setting time aside. It can be done.
5. Make it “Feelingful”.
Attaching positive emotions to your target will give you greater incentives to reach them. Imagining the elation of crossing that finish line, the satisfaction of getting that promotion or that feeling of wellness from getting fit – are prospects that are bound to put that extra spring in your step on your road to success.