It is 2012……Now What?

It’s that time of year again when millions of people makes resolutions to better themselves in one way or another.  Be it to lose weight, stop smoking or be a better person to their family and friends.  And once again many will fall short of reaching their goals.  But Why?  Is it mental or emotional weakness?  Is not have a belief that they can succeed? For a small percentage of people it is the aforementioned, but for the other 99.9% (THAT IS YOU AND ME) it is as simple as failing to set up an action plan!

There are steps you can take to foolproof yourself into achieving your goals, best selling author and psychologist Richard Wiseman went on a mission to craft a no-nonsense approach, using a diverse range of scientific data and he uncovered proven techniques to achieve any goal.

The following 5 successful techniques are from Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds Change Your Life in Under a Minute.

Do This: Make a Step-by-Step Plan.
If you are serious about achieving your goal, then you need to create a step-by-step plan on how to do it.

Successful goal-achievers break down their overall goal into sub-goals. Each sub-goal needs to be concrete, measurable and time-based.

You should review these goals often to reinforce how important they are to you.

  • Not That: Motivate yourself by focusing on someone that you admire.
    Studies show that focusing on someone you admire is not a strong enough motivator to see you through your goal.

Do This: Tell Other People About Your Goal.
How badly do you want to achieve your goal? If you want it bad enough, you’ll tell your friends and family.

This technique works on two levels. First, you’ve put yourself on the spot by letting the world in on your goal, so it’s all-eyes-on-you. Failure would be public. Second, your friends and family are there to offer support and encouragement. Don’t underestimate the psychological power of having someone in your corner.

Please feel free to tell me your goals or post them to my facebook page for all to see.

  • Not That: Think about the bad things.
    When you focus on the negative it becomes your reality.

Do This: Focus on the Good Things When Achieving Your Goal.
Remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goal.

Make a checklist of how life will be better once you have achieved your aim. This gets your focus on a positive future, one that’s worth the effort.

  • Not That: Try to suppress unhelpful thoughts.
    Rather than trying to erase that image of chocolate cake from your mind, learn to deal with the reality of temptation head-on.

Do This: Reward Your Progress.
Studies show that attaching rewards to each of your sub-goals encourages success.

Your rewards should never conflict with your major goal.

One method to reward yourself is to set up a reward fund.  You take, lets say $100 dollars and put it in an envelope with your sub-goal and reward written on the outside.  At the end of one month, you review your goal, if you achieved that goal then the money is yours to reward yourself with, if you happen to fall short then the money gets donated to your favorite charity so someone else can benefit.  Each month start the process again.

  • Not That: Rely on willpower.
    Willpower alone rarely gets anyone to their goal.

Do This: Record Your Progress.
Make your plans, progress, benefits and rewards concrete by expressing them in writing.

Use a hand-written journal, your computer or a bulletin board to chart your progress. This process is priceless for maintaining motivation.

Again feel free to have me be your accountability coach, post your progress on my FB wall or have me review your journal and goals on a regular basis to help you stay on track.

  • Not That: Fantasize about life after achieving your goal.
    Daydreaming is fun, but simply fantasizing about your new life will not make it a reality.
Applying these techniques can almost guarantee you will succeed, but there is one more step you must take…….TAKE ACTION…….if you don’t apply yourself and take action on your goals you will never achieve them.
Remember it is better to try and fail then to never have tried at all.