A new calendar year is a great way to change negative behaviors and habits and/or create new ones. Unfortunately, most people do not achieve their resolutions. In fact, research shows that only 8% of Americans actually accomplish their resolutions.
If you’d like to be one of the elite who actually achieves their resolutions this year, follow this goal-setting process that I call Leading with Emotion.
Leading with Emotion
Step 1- Start with asking yourself, “How do I want to feel?”
Let your emotions be your guide. Emotions are incredible motivators that help us take action. By creating a New Year’s Resolution, you are making a decision to create a permanent change and improve an area of your life. Improving the quality of our lives is best fueled by inspiration. Inspiration pulls you towards your goal, which is much more effective that pushing yourself towards it.
Step 2- Determine what actions will make you feel how you want to feel
Now that you know how you want to feel, determine what actions will make you feel that way. You will recognize that these actions may be a bit more “creative” as shown in the video.
Step 3- Create a 7-day plan
Anyone can do anything for 7 days. Committing to do something new for the year can be difficult and overwhelming. Commit to actively work towards your resolution for 7 days. Start small, experience the taste of progress and reward yourself. At the end of the 7-day period, create a new plan for the week ahead. Just 7 days at a time.
Step 4- Create a reward system
This is crucial for training new behavior. Think about training a dog, every time the dog follows direction and demonstrates good behavior, he gets rewarded with praise and/or treats. We behave in a similar way. Be sure to celebrate your weekly progress by implementing a reward system. Your rewards don’t have to be extravagant in value, the most important thing is that you sincerely take time to celebrate your progress.
Progress feels good, it’s motivating. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your New Year’s Resolution. This technique can be used for any time of goal setting, not just creating New Year’s Resolutions. Have a great year!