It’s the end of January; do you know where your New Year’s resolutions are? So many of us make new resolutions every year, then never achieve them. We have new ideals, new mottos, manifestos, projects and on and on.
How many of us realistically get past the end of January?
According to Forbes.com, only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions. 40% make them and then only 8% get there. Why is that?
It’s simple. Exactly.
#1 Keep it simple #2 Make it measurable and attainable.
Take some of my goals/resolutions for example. I have a commitment to be 100% debt free by August 2014. It’s simple, realistic and tangible. I know how much I owe, I have a simple plan for paying it off and I know where the finish line is.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, one of my resolutions could be said to be a bit wonky. “Take my life back and get back on track!” Ok, that’s nice. Really, how are you going to do it?
See what I mean? I could say all I want that I want to take back control of my life but if I don’t have any measurable, attainable goals to complete the “how to get there”; that will be one resolution I don’t get to. Luckily for me, I’ve spelled quite a few of the hows out in my Life Goals list below it.
Another great resource for achieving your resolutions are your friends and family. Recently, a gal pal of mine told me that she has to stop spending so much money on Starbucks and dining out. When she told me she spent $400 one month on dining out, I nearly passed out! Yikes! :O
So, we made a pact. I told her I had joined the Debt Movement and that starting on Feb 1st; I had to reduce spending and pay off as much of my debt as I could. We agreed that we would keep each other accountable for our spending. It’s going to be interesting considering I’m going to be on vacation in February! It’s going to be a budget trip to visit family. We committed to find a way to communicate even though I’ll not be around locally.
How about some apps to keep your resolutions alive?http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/8_apps_keeping_your_new_years_resolutions#slide-3 http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/31/seven-apps-that-will-keep-your-new-years-resolutions-alive/