As a child, I loved making New Year’s resolutions. They were usually comical, but I mimicked the resolutions from the adults in my life. My success rate of completing them also mimicked that of the adults around me – I almost always failed. It wasn’t until recently that I switched my methods regarding sticking to resolutions. Now, when I set out to change my behavior, I set clear goals and create a plan to make sure I am successful. Needless to say, my success rate has drastically increased.
In a recent article by Rory Vaden*, he partnered with Kelton to survey adults on the success of their New Year’s resolutions.
I found the statistics fascinating, especially how closely they coincide with the results I have observed with my coaching clients. You’re chances of success go up to 76% if you just stick to it for longer than 30 days. 30 DAYS! Seriously people – who can’t stick to something for 30 days?
Here’s a summary of Rory’s tips on increasing that success rate even more:
- Pick one resolution – or pick none.
- Put a price tag on your failure.
- Don’t measure your results – measure your efforts.
- Set a weekly alarm on your calendar.
- Start from scratch every week.
- Find a friend.
I love number 1. It’s quick, it simple, and it’s true. By picking 1 resolution and focusing on it, you’re actually setting yourself up for success. For most of us, it takes laser focus on a single action to make real psychological change.
The other step I would stress is step number 6, find a friend. And If you REALLY want to get serious, I would take that a step farther – find a professional to serve as an accountability partner and pay them for holding you accountable. Sometimes asking your buddy only works as long as their goal is the same as yours. But if you pay a professional personal trainer, financial planner, dietitian, or a sales coach, you instantly raise your commitment level and make your goal that much more real.
It’s Never Too Late!
If you didn’t set a New Year’s resolution this year (or you’ve already given up on it), it’s not too late! You can start now – but this time, create a plan and take real steps to make it happen.
Until next time – go sell some stuff!
* UPDATED: This article originally said: “Rory Vaden, my partner at Southwestern Consulting™”. Even though I’m no longer affiliated with Southwestern Consulting, Rory is still a great friend and I am happy to recommend his writings!