Many people make their resolutions at the end of year, as that seems to be the perfect timing to reflect and plan for the upcoming year with excitement and goals. Have you made yours? What are your new year resolutions? 

Someone wrote a new year’s resolution a few years ago and it says, “My goal for 2015 is to accomplish the goals of 2014 which I should have done in 2013 because I made a promise in 2012 and planned in 2011.” Funny? Yet how many people can actually relate to the above statement? According to the research, on average, about 80% of people who make new year’s resolutions fail to keep them. How are you keeping up with your resolutions?

If you are on track with your goals, keep it up! If you are slipping away, here are some tips to help you continue your dreams and aims. 

Write it down and be SMART

A research by Dominican University in California suggested that people were 42% more likely to achieve written goals. When you write down a SMART goal, you will be able to know exactly what you accomplish and a clear deadline to work toward. S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. 

Create a dream board 

A dream board consists of a collage of pictures, images, words and texts that represents and affirms your dreams, goals and ambitions. Visualization is one of the most popular and effective mind workouts to help you focus on specific aspirations.

Break it into smaller goals

Desmond Tutu once said, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” which could also be applied to realizing your resolutions. When a large yearly goal is broken down into smaller ones, it makes the large goal less daunting and each small one more manageable and achievable.

Create accountability partners 

Research shows that people with accountability partners increase their chance of success to 95%, because accountability partners keep you on track toward your goals and plans, improve your productivity, keep you responsible and help you measure progress and success. 

Celebrate each small progress along the way

People celebrate birthdays and anniversaries but often skip celebrations for achieving milestones. Acknowledging and celebrating each progress will not only increase your motivation but also boost your confidence toward the next goal. Furthermore, your celebration may inspire those around you to pursue their own goals.