Resolutions aren’t wishes. They’re commitments you choose to act on… or not.
2018 is almost here. If you’re like 41% of Americans, you’re probably already thinking about how you’ll commit to the changes you’d like to see in your life next year. Unfortunately, only 9.2% of you will feel you’re successful in accomplishing those resolutions by the end of the year. These stats were collected and published in January 2017 by Statistics Brain Research Institute, a group of people passionate about numbers. More importantly, they say:
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
That’s all well and good, but how do you move from wanting a change to stating a resolution then making it come true?
There are three things you can do today to get going.
- Shout it from the rooftops! The more people you tell, the more people there are to help keep you accountable for what you’re trying to accomplish. Just make sure you don’t accidentally commit to more resolutions than you can possibly fulfill in one year.
- Write it down. As simple as this sounds, it works — commitment is reinforced when you involve more of your senses. Writing is both physical (touch) and visual (sight). Read what you’ve written aloud when you’re done, and you add two more senses (sound and hearing), strengthening that commitment even further.
- Get help. When you don’t know how to proceed, getting help is one way to fast-track the endless hours you’ll spend searching and attempting to teach yourself the answers on the internet. It’s a wondrous place but it can also burn through your days with ease.
Make 2018 the year your resolutions come true!
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Susan Cramer is a partner in S2 Seminars, Eradicating Poverty in Artists by Teaching Business Skills. To learn more about running your small business, attend our workshop, 3 Must-Have Tools to Market Yourself on a Shoe-String Budget.