Revamp Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you recently set some exciting goals for the new year, good for you! You are among the 45 percent of Americans who took the plunge to write down your goals, and research shows that simply writing down your goals makes you 42 percent more likely to achieve them.

However, as a rational optimist, I need to level with you: research also shows that only 8 percent of individuals who set resolutions actually achieve them. I don’t say this to discourage you, but rather to call you to the mat. 

If you’re struggling to keep your resolutions or have already given up and want to recommit, read on for five strategies to help you make positive, sustainable change in your life.

Narrow your focus

While you might be tempted to tackle 20 new habits all at once, research shows that homing in on just one habit is far more effective. Practice that habit for 21 days in a row until it becomes ingrained; then you can pick up another habit to try.

Understand your motivation

Rather than just pursuing a goal because you feel like you ought to do something, take a moment to connect why you want to do something. To help you do so, check out the Live Intentionally app that helps you prioritize your schedule around your intentions for the day.

Remember that practice makes perfect

Falling off the horse is part of the process; getting back on the horse is where change happens. Cognitive brain training programs like Happify can help reinforce positive thinking and give you new skills to help accomplish your goals.

Use the power of accountability

Consider setting goals with a group or sharing your personal goals with close friends to increase your level of accountability. Social support is important to long-term success and happiness, so tap into one of your most powerful success accelerants by finding friends who share similar goals with you. Apps like MyFitnessPal have built-in tools to share goal progress and to encourage your friends.

Keep track of your progress

While some people love to track habits with pen and paper, there are also a number of amazing apps that can help you see your progress over time. In advance of writing this blog, I decided to test out as many apps aimed at habit change as I could. What I learned through this process was that selecting an app to help me build positive habits was equally as hard as doing the habits themselves. There are about 100 apps on the market, ranging from free to $5 per month, and most look incredibly similar. So how do you know which apps are best? Let me save you some time and energy by sharing a few of my favorites by their core values. If you are looking for a goal tracker that is

• Simple — check out Productive or Balanced
• Fun — check out Habitica or Habitify
• Informative — check out Way of Life
• Good, but expensive — check out Strides or Habitloop

While no app can’t make you achieve your goals, if you are like me, you need all the help you can get. Positive sustainable change begins with mindset and ends with action. Let’s make this the year that we beat the odds and truly stick to our goals and resolutions!