Friday, January 1, 2016 will bring in a new year and nearly 45% of Americans will be making resolutions that will make a lasting impact on their lives should they choose to keep them. According to recent news by Forbes, 24% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will fail by January 17 which is reserved as “Dump Your Resolutions Day” and is celebrated by those who give up on their resolutions before ever really getting started. Whether your New Year’s resolution for 2016 is to lose weight, stop smoking, make more money, or anything else, it can be accomplished by following a simple plan.
“My New Year’s resolution was to make more money in 2015,” says Jeff Sherwood, from Money Buys Dreams. Several people’s resolution is to make 2016 their best financial year ever and some have creative ways of doing it. Jeff says, “When I was looking for a way to make money on the internet, I came across a way to start a profitable blog and the rest is history.” He says things were not always easy for him and there were times he felt like giving up but the challenge of owning his own online business kept him going. Today, nearly a year later, Jeff is a member of an 8-figure mastermind group and is teaching people how to duplicate his success. “It all started with that New Year’s resolution for me,” said Jeff.
There are, no doubt, thousands of success stories just like Jeff’s from people who resolved to find a way to achieve their goals. No matter what a person’s New Year’s resolution is, it can be accomplished by taking a few proactive steps. These steps can not only help people stick to their New Year’s resolutions but they can help people make meaningful changes to their lives that will have a positive impact and make 2016 the best year ever.
Set short-term goals-Most of the time when people fail to follow through on their New Year’s resolutions it is because they are paralyzed by looking at the big picture. For instance, if someone’s goal is to lose 37 pounds, then they should break that goal into more attainable short-term goals. Instead of trying to lose the whole 37 pounds at once, try setting a goal to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks. If you fall short of that mark, don’t just abandon the resolution, set another short-term goal that will be attainable in another 2 week period of time.
Don’t set yourself up for failure-If you know you are not the type of person who likes to go to the gym and workout, then do not be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who rush out this year to get a gym membership that will rarely if ever get used. Instead, consider one of the alternatives that are out there. There are programs such as Fat Diminisher that come at a one-time cost as opposed to a gym membership and they provide educational material as well as a program that helps users learn at their own pace how to lose weight.
Gain momentum early-Gaining momentum to achieve your New Year’s resolution is an important step. The earlier you are able to gain momentum the better, because getting those few small yet important steps checked off the list early will give a positive feeling that the overall goal is attainable. Think about it like pushing a vehicle. It is difficult to get the vehicle started rolling but once it is rolling and has momentum it will almost roll all by itself. Gain that momentum by setting those short-term goals and achieving them.
Reward yourself often-Working towards accomplishing goals can be very challenging and the dedication it takes to stick with a New Year’s resolution deserves to be rewarded. It is important when setting those short-term goals to include a reward for hitting each milestone. This self-giving positive reinforcement will help give incentives for breaking through each barrier.
Surround yourself with like-minded people-Surrounding yourself with others who have the same goals you do is a key step to making 2016 your best year ever. Jeff Sherwood credits his amazing success to this one important step. He says, “When I became part of the 8 Figure Mastermind group everything changed about how I was able to accomplish my goals. Not only did I accomplish them faster but I started accomplishing things with greater ease because of all the support I was given.” There are groups both online and offline that are made up of people who have the same or similar goals and help each other accomplish them, so take a look around and consider joining one for people who have the same goals you do.
The New Year is a time to think about what you really want out of life and then go out and get accomplish it. Some people will give up on their resolutions by January 17 while others will commit to their resolutions and will make 2016 their best year ever. Jeff Sherwood was able to change his life by sticking to his resolution in 2015 to start an online business and anyone who approaches their resolutions with the same vigor can duplicate his results.