yourself the following questions:
WHY do you want to improve in this area? This is
important! Sometimes we make resolutions to please someone else or
because we think we should. If you're not really committed to a goal,
you're not likely to keep with it for the time it takes to change, so write
down why you want it. What, specifically, will be better about your
life if you reach this goal? Is this the best way to reach that
goal? Keeping your "why's" clear can help a lot with motivation
when you need it. And try to keep the focus positive ("I will
do this, rather than I will stop doing that").
WHAT will you do differently (specifically, what
behavior will you change)? Will you get rid of things you don't use
anymore? Will you build storage systems to keep what you have better
organized? Will you start a filing system for paper, and use it?
WHEN will you do it? Scheduling your new exercise program, filing
program, or de-cluttering schedule, is critical to success. Will you
de-clutter your closet once/month? What day of the week? What time of
day? Planning this out and putting it on your calendar makes it more
likely to happen.
HOW will you keep motivated through the inevitable
challenges and setbacks? Setting mini-goals, benchmarks and reinforcers
along the way can help. Before and after photos or graphics of any kind
can be very motivating. Think about what has worked for you in the past,
and plan to include those kinds of support in your plan.
WHO will help you? Pick a partner or multiple helpers to keep you accountable,
give you support, give you instruction when needed, etc. The most
successful behavior changers get help. Give yourself the best chance for
success by finding people to go through these changes with you.
Sharing your resolutions with others publicly also provides another strong
incentive to keep at them.
to help you reach your goals and stick to your resolutions, so give me a call at 508 292-6706 to schedule a coaching session.
New Year, and all my best wishes for a very successful 2014!