We’re about a month away from the start of 2020, and most of us will be coming up with at least one New Year Resolution. And as the data also shows us, most of us won’t reach them.
So what can help? We’ve covered it a bit with New Years past, but we wanted to provide the latest techniques for ensuring that you are successful in your 2020 endeavors!
Step 1: Break Your Big Goal into Tactics
Common New Year Resolutions include “Get in shape”, “Get another degree”, “Run a marathon”, “Lose weight”, “Increase my income” and more.
These are great high-level goals. But they are tough to act on! “Getting into shape” is vague, and our brains don’t really respond to that statement all that well. You may start with a quick jog on January 1st, but it increasingly leaves you with too many options where it’s a bit too easy to find an excuse out.
What does help though? Break the said goal into several tactics you CAN commit to. Continuing with our example, maybe you set three tactics from this:
- Go to the gym 1 times per week
- Skip dessert 2 times per week
- Jog 1 mile 3 times per week
Notice, each of these tactics is measurable. There should be no debate whether or not you actually did something. If it is debatable, then it’s all too easy for you to make excuses to opt out of something you don’t want to do.
Step 2: Start Slow and Build Momentum
Notice all three of our tactics above are pretty attainable. Any of these should be quite easy to do. You should set goals that work for you, but we do strongly recommend that you also start slow!
You can always increase the difficulty of a goal or tactic. Say you do your 3 weekly jogs 5 weeks in a row, you may want to up the goal to jog 5 times per week, or make each jog at least 2 miles. That’s fine and actually a very positive step to take!
What’s a bit worse for your psyche is setting a really bold goal: say jogging 3 miles 7 times per week. It may sound like it will get you in shape quicker, but in reality it’s more likely that you’ll flame out, miss your goal 3 weeks in a row, and then give up completely.
Any tactic has to be something we can easily picture ourselves doing in order for it to keep us engaged. This is why marathon or half-marathon training plans start slow and build you up. Your goals should do the same (and WeAchieve is one of the only platforms out there that make changing a goals target possible).
Any maybe this is just me, but doing anything 7 days a week is just a tough commitment to keep. Yes, doing things daily is a good way to build a habit, but life gets in the way, and you don’t want that to break your momentum. Just go with goals of doing something 5 or 6 days a week max. If you do it all 7, great, but don’t force it.
Step 3: Track Yourself
I know we’ve sounded like we’re beating a dead horse with this one, but you really do have to keep track on each of your tactics if you want to stay accountable and hit your goal. As we said above, it’s just too easy for any human’s brain to make an excuse “oh, yeah, I think I went to the gym three times last week!”
This can be as easy as a grid of 52 weeks that you just mark off on paper as you go (an aside: we do recommend weekly tactics, as we’ve detailed before). Or you can use one of many apps to make this easy to do from anywhere. Naturally, I’d recommend WeAchieve as, well, I built it because none of the other apps out there did this well enough! You can read a bit more about the features we’ve built into WeAchieve that almost no other habit tracking platform has right here.
Basically, any grand vision needs a plan to be made and accountability in order for execution. It’s true in business and it is true in your own life as well. We’re in this with you: if you have a big goal and don’t know what tactics to break it up into, let us know and we’d be happy to help you brainstorm the best way for you to get out there and kick some butt in 2020!