The new year brings the greatest of intentions, and you may start off 2015 determined to change for the better. Still, with most resolutions—some studies say as much as 92%—failing, there is a good chance that you will fall short of your goals this year.
That is, unless you put this advice to use and (finally) keep your resolutions:
- Put something on the line. The fear of losing something you value can keep you motivated. For example, set aside money each week that you will lose if you fail to keep your resolutions.
- Write them down. Several studies have shown that the mere act of writing down a resolution increases the chances that you will keep it. Sketch out a concrete plan, detailing the steps necessary to meet your goal, and provide deadlines for meeting benchmarks throughout the year.
- Find a mentor. The person can be a boss, coworker, friend or family member who has succeeded in reaching a goal you also want to reach. Ask for mentors’ advice, and commit to sending them periodic updates. That will keep you accountable for continuing to work toward your goals.
— Adapted from “How to Keep Your Resolutions,” Katherine L. Milkman and Kevin G. Volpp, The New York Times, www.nytimes.com.