Making a New Year’s Resolution that Sticks part 2

STEP 2: Generating Ways to Reach your Goal

Now that you’ve decided on a goal or resolution, you need to figure out how you are going to achieve it.  For example, if your goal is better health, will you focus on losing weight, changing your eating or exercise? At this point, you want to generate as many possible solutions or routes to your resolution as possible.  Spend a little time brain storming different ways to proceed. Try to resist the urge to reject ideas.  Tell yourself that “quantity breeds quality.”

STEP 3:  Evaluating How to Reach Your Resolution

Now is the time to look at what you expect to happen if you begin on your resolution.  Think about what you expect for both in the short term and long term. If you come up with negative consequences (i.e. I’ll start and then lose interest), ask yourself how you might overcome those obstacles. If you find yourself coming up with reasons why every course of action is doomed to fail, take a look at why you might be throwing roadblocks in the way of getting where you want to go.

STEP 4: Choose a Solution

Now that you’ve chosen a resolution and evaluated different ways to get there, it’s time to choose one way. The goal is to implement a course of action that has some likelihood of working.  Take some time to trouble shoot your solution.  Think of all the possible ways it could go wrong and what you can do if it does.

STEP 5: Acting on your Resolution

Go over where, specifically in your day to day life you will do something differently.  What exactly will you do different.  With the example from before of better health, you may decide that you need to shop for foods differently and buy more vegetables and cut them up for handy eating when you get back from the store. You will need to make sure that you have time for vegetable preparation after grocery shopping.

Remember:  people who achieve their goals are not the people who face the least amount of failure.  They are the people who fail and get up and try again.

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