The coronavirus pandemic has certainly thrown a spanner in the works when it comes to setting goals and planning for the future whether that’s for travel, work or personal ambitions, and we don’t know for sure what restrictions will be in place in the first few months of this year.

While it may be difficult to plan ahead, it’s still important to take time to decide what you’d like to achieve or change in 2021.

Around 85% of people don’t set goals and on average 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail by January 15. Not only that, most people make the same resolutions ten times without success. 

If you set New Year’s resolutions or goals but don’t have much success, here are five science-backed strategies to help you to achieve them.

1. Write your goals down daily

So this first one is pretty simple, but not many people do it. Simply write the goal down daily. Dr. Gail Matthews, who’s a Professor of Psychology at the Dominican University of California, discovered that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down every day. In fact, the more you write them down the better.

Goals that are just stored in the mind are more likely to be jumbled up with the other 3000 thoughts per hour that the average human being experiences so writing them down increases forces us to focus on the goal.

2:  Schedule actions in your diary

Deciding in advance where and when you’re going to take specific actions to reach your goal can double or triple your chances for success. 

So schedule time in your calendar to take action towards your goals and also include where you’re going to do them.

3: Update a friend or coach

The Society of Training and Development found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone.  On top of that, If you have a specific accountability appointment with another person, this can actually increase your chances of success by up to 95%.

4. Visualise

5. Goal clarity

Think about the reason behind the goal and how it will enhance your life if you achieve it. Why exactly do you want to achieve this goal? When do you want to achieve it? Is it achievable, who will you be with? Who will it affect? How will you do it?

What’s the most important goal you’d like to achieve?

If you need help with setting goals or would like accountability calls, contact Sam Hook at