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I know its early, and if you are like me, you have not even planned Christmas, let alone recovering after the new year, but Martyn Allan of Collate Systems has been studying why we always fail to keep our new year resolutions and has come up with six practical ways to help.
Research suggests that whilst some 60% of us will make commitments, only around 8% of people successfully implement them.
You’ll not be surprised at what makes the list of most sought-after personal changes each January. These include:
1. Diet or eating healthier – 71%
2. Exercising more – 65%
3. Losing weight – 54%
4. Saving more or spending less – 32%
5. Learning a new skill or hobby – 26%
With such a low success rate, it’s worth taking a moment to look at what you can do to increase your chances of success, and what lessons there are for peak performance in a business environment too and here are our six tips.
- Firstly, make a plan and commit it in writing. This holds true for your personal planning as well as your business pursuits. A study from the British Journal of Health Psychology found that over 90% of people who planned their intention to exercise by writing down when and where it would happen followed through on it. This action helps build commitment to the process before it has even begun.
- Break down your goals into small, manageable chunks. No one goes to the top of the staircase in one step. Find the smallest unit of success, or a micro-goal that you can focus on. Achieve it. Bank the experience and begin to build up a body of evidence that creates new belief systems that you are the person you are aspiring to be.
- Involve and engage other people. None of us are motivated to our full potential the whole time. Rely on the counsel of friends, family and colleagues that share your goals or are supportive of your desired change. Bring them in to help share the load when change feels undeliverable.
- Try new things. If your goals is to lose weight, think about what new foods you can try. If you want to speak more confidently, perhaps try practising in the mirror. If you want to make more sales in your business, be prepared to look at new ways of working that get the most from modern technology to enhance the process.
- Enjoy success. Winning feels good. Losing feels bad. This may sound obvious, but it’s worth building in feedback mechanisms that bring you closer to the one and further away from the other. Maybe place a friendly bet with a colleague, decide on small rewards that you will give yourself when the first 10 micro-goals are achieved. Using mechanisms such as this will give you somewhere else to put your mind whilst you deliver your desired changes.
- Build a reputation. If you become known as the person who was instrumental in significant change, whether it is for your personal achievements, or for taking your business to the next level, people will recognise and respond to the authority of your views and judgment in the future.
With these strategies you can create a 2020 that you look back on with perfect hindsight about how you delivered personal and business change that stood the test of time.
for further information:
Martyn Allan firstname.lastname@example.org