Find SUCCESS with your New Year’s Resolution! A Real Case Example.

Let’s start with some statistics:

  • A recent survey of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2014 lists “Get Organized” as #2 (after losing weight of course).
  • % of Americans who make NY resolutions: 45%
  • % of Americans who achieve their resolutions: 8% (Yikes).
  • Those polled in their 20’s, 39%
  • Those polled over 50, 14%

With those numbers it feels like we are doomed to fail,  But let’s look at the 8% that succeed and get you into that group.

How do you change the odds so that you achieve success?

No matter what your resolution is, here is a road map to help you gain success.

Set a clear goal that is specific, achievable and measurable.

example:

  • “Get organized” is too wide and vague.
  • “Have an organized closet where my clothes hang straight and I can easily see things” is more specific.
  • Choose only ONE goal.

Establish Objectives to make your goal more specific by adding details.

example:

  • “I will have only clothes that I love, wear and need.”
  • “I will invest in some closet fixtures that will improve the space in my closet.”

Set a deadline as part of your goal.

Write it down and make it public (even if only to a friend or spouse). This sets up  accountability.

Make a Plan with Tasks. 

Tasks are the small step you will take to move you toward your goal.

example:
Reduce amount of stuff in the closet.
  • Put a donation bag in the closet so that I can eliminate pieces that don’t fit my filter of love it, wear it or need it.
  • Add to the list shoes, scarves, jewelry, and undergarments.
  • I will diligently review my closet contents for 30 days.

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Closet Fixtures.
  • Review closet fixture options including closet companies and DIY options by (date).
  • Make a plan to install fixtures.
  • Get help if I need it to meet my intended dates.

Make dates on your calendar

These are dedicated times that you will work on your tasks.

Your enthusiasm won’t end in the middle of January because you have created a plan with steps to reach your goal.   Before you know it you will see progress, be encouraged, and join the group of successful resolution makers.

Using this outline, you can replace the specifics of the closet example with whatever your goals are from weight loss, to organizing, to budgeting, etc.

People with the highest success rates in reaching their goals take the time to set their goals, and make plans to achieve them.  Make 2014 your winning year and invest some time into your goals.

Here’s to Your Success in 2014!