Here’s 5 science-backed ways to achieve yours
Around 85% of people don’t set goals and on average 92% of New Years’ resolutions fail by January 15. On top of 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 luck achieving the,, here are five science-backed strategies to help you:
1. Write your goals down daily
Simply write the goal down daily. Dr. Gail Matthews, who is 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 your goals 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 helps us to filter out everything else and 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 your chances for success. Do a thought download of everything you need to do for the task and schedule them in over a period of 3 months.
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%.
Imagine that your can see yourself as having achieved the goal and also see yourself doing the actions to complete it. Better still, use all your senses – who are you with, what you are wearing, what you see, smell and hear. This will increase your chances by around a third.
5: Be clear about what you want
Be really clear about your goal and think about the reason why you want to achieve it, then put as much detail as possible to it including why you want to achieve it, when, how, who with and is it achievable.
What’s your most important goal right now?
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