Top 5 Most Common Resolutions and 3 Tips to Stay the Course

The gyms are full, the goals are plenty and spirits are high for the New Years Resolutions of 2014.  A new year is a perfect time to start fresh in anything that we do.

New Years ResolutionAccording to a new Harris poll, the top five most common resolutions for the New Year.

  • Eat healthier
  • Get a new job
  • Exercise
  • Improve finances
  • Lose Weight

Psychology today says that 22% fail at their New Year’s resolutions after a week, 40% of people after a month, and 50% after three months.

That being said, how do we keep our goals for 2014?  3 Easy Tips that can make a big impact:

1.  Start Small.  Recently our team read a fantastic book called, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.  In the book, Darren talks about the small adjustments we make on a daily basis will compound over time.  It might not sound like rocket science because it isn’t – take for example replacing one can of soda with a glass of water per day.  Replace your 12 ounce can of Coke with water every day and save 51,100 calories per year or about 15 pounds per year.  WOW!  Talk about a jump start for 2014!

2.  Accountability.  No one succeeds alone.  Having that person in your life that can help pick you up and cheer you on can make a huge difference.  Accountability partners can be spouses, friends, co-workers, kids, coaches, etc.  The key is to have it be someone that will be able to help ask the tough questions and keep you moving forward.

3. Clearly Define Goals.  Motivation and momentum are crucial for success in all areas of our lives, however we need to know that we are moving towards something or away from something to know that we are making traction.  Write them down, share them with your friends, family, accountability partner and put a deadline/date in which you want to achieve.

2014 will come and go just as quickly as 2013 did – make sure that your 2014 is filled with purpose and promise!

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