2 Easy Secrets for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the second most important action you should take to make your New Year’s Resolution successful.

(What’s the first? We’ll get to that in a moment.)

You need to break it down. No matter what your 2012 goals are – lose weight, pay off debt, get a promotion – this second-most essential step will play a crucial role in your success.

Here’s how you set up your New Year’s Resolution for success:

  1. Write it down: create a visible daily reminder of your desires
  2. Be specific: set SMART resolutions with as many details as possible
  3. List tasks: describe what daily or weekly actions will achieve your goal
  4. Baby step: go back and break down your tasks into smaller, easily accomplished activities – Example: “Eat healthy lunches” might be broken down into “Make a weekly meal list,” and “Prepare tomorrow’s lunch at night.”
  5. Plan it: schedule your baby steps into a daily or weekly routine

Why does this work? Breaking down your New Year’s Resolution creates non-threatening, approachable actions. This minimizes your hesitancy to get started and helps you keep moving forward when motivation wears thin.

Give this crucial step a try, and keep your goals alive throughout the year and beyond.

And finally, what’s the first most important action that will make your New Year’s Resolution successful? Start today!

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Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at jeff.doubek@daytimer.com