Jim Kim of Cangrade posted his thoughts as to how you can keep your New Year Resolutions.
1. Keep track
One of the best ways to reach a goal is to continually track your progress.
The most obvious result is that you might feel good when you see positive results, or bad when you fall short. Both can add to your motivation.
But more importantly, tracking your progress provides intelligence. You can use the information to figure out what works and what doesn’t, and shift your strategy accordingly.
2. Make it easier
Why do we give up on goals that are positive and beneficial? Often it is because they are difficult or time-consuming.
Planning ahead is key. The problem is that planning is often focused on a desired result, rather than how that result will actually be accomplished.
If you find the right tools and resources in advance, it is often possible to work smarter, rather than harder.
3. Diversify your options
Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.
One of the biggest potential problems with plans and goals is a lack of variety. No matter how much you might idealize certain possibilities, you can’t reasonably expect to have the exact same routine every day, eat the exact same foods, or interact with every person in the exact same way.
Having this sort of “tunnel-vision” while setting goals will probably not result in real, sustainable changes. Not only are redundancy and repetition usually quite boring, but you will probably also miss out on some great opportunities along the way. Keep your options open.
Track your progress, work smarter rather than harder, and avoid “tunnel-vision” when you set goals. Do these things, and you just might have the best year yet!