(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:
- Write it down: create a visible daily reminder of your desires
- Be specific: set SMART resolutions with as many details as possible
- List tasks: describe what daily or weekly actions will achieve your goal
- 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.”
- 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!
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at [email protected]|