Only 8% of people achieve their New Years Goals, according to StatisticBrain and yet 45% of people usually make a New Years resolution.
So why bother?
With only 8% of people fully accomplishing their New Years goals it is very discouraging to even want to bother. However, we know that goal setting can be important to experiencing clarity and achievement in your life. So instead of avoiding goal setting or not doing it, consider taking a different approach to it.
It’s not about motivation?
Many people think that achieving goals is about having will power and motivation; however, this is completely not true. Motivation is an emotion, what is required are small achievable steps that produce a dopamine response. Essentially, having a list of easy to achieve steps that can be done or worked on nearly daily, things that you can do and cross or check off a list, will provide a dopamine response. Doing this as consistently as possible, eventually, you will start to create an addiction to setting and achieving goals.
What is it that the 8% know that the rest of us don’t?
They know that having a detailed written plan, not just to execute the steps, but to overcome obstacles that will get in your way will increase your success exponentially. This research was discussed extensively in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. In other words:
- Come up with a detailed plan
- Come up with all of the obstacles that will get in the way of that detailed plan
- Come up with a strategy for every single obstacle you have come up with
- Revisit your plan NO LESS than weekly
- Track your progress
Achieving goals is less about hitting the big goal at the end, and more about taking a methodical step by step approach every single day and making small adjustments when things don’t work out.
“Yeah! But it never works…”
I hear you, this can be a very daunting and complicated process. You might consider checking out our Get Motivated, Get Focused (bettermotivation.eventbrite.ca) workshop on January 14, 2017.
Christopher is the CEO and Founder of Change My Life Coaching — a fast growing whole-life coaching company, and the only one of it’s kind. He is also the author of “Go Beyond Passion: Discover Your Dream Job” [//www.changemylifecoaching.ca/book/]. Christopher spent 10+ years working in the corporate world with a plethora of industries and companies. His focus was primarily in planning, strategy, and leadership of change management and communication. Christopher is a Certified Master Coach Practitioner (CMCP), trainer and facilitator, and a passionate public speaker who truly cares about the success of each and every single person he comes into contact with. You can reach him at Christopher@ChangeMyLifeCoaching.ca.