Welcome to 2018! Let me ask you a question. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution before the ball dropped in Times Square? According to a Forbes article from a few years ago, more than 40% of Americans make a resolution, but only 8% achieve it. The article provides four timeless tips for succeeding with a new resolution:
- Keep It Simple – Make it short and easy (i.e. lose 10 pounds by May)
- Make It Tangible – Set clear actions (i.e. attend 2 classes at the gym per week)
- Make It Obvious – Chart your progress (i.e. count calories and minutes worked out)
- Keep Believing You Can Do It – Don’t Give In!
When you think about it, most resolutions are about making a new habit or changing an existing habit. Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, provides a free resource on his web site with helpful hints on keeping a New Year’s Resolution. You can find it here.
I wish you a productive and efficient 2018!