At this time of year, everyone is making their New Years Resolutions. But how many of you keep them. According to Forbes Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions. How do they do it. They Keep it simple!
Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make large bucket lists or attempt extreme makeovers, whether personal or professional. The average person is being pulled in so many directions that this type of approach is doomed to failure. This year keep your resolution simple. Pick one and stick to it. Use social media to make you accountable. Post your goals on facebook or blog about it. Here are some great examples I found on the internet to get you started.
1. Get out of debt.
After a woman named Anna Newell Jones ran more than $23,600 into debt, she made a New Year’s resolution to work her way out of it–and publicly. As part of that effort, Newell Jones launched a blog, And Then We Saved, to chronicle her attempt to go from shopaholic to spendthrift; in less than a year and a half, she’d paid off her debt.
2. Get Fit
Kathy Johnson, 50, of Royal Oak, Mich., discovered that last year. Starting March 1, inspired by another friend, she decided to use Facebook not just as a tool for her marketing company, but as an informal support group for her fitness goals. Whenever she went to work out, she reported it as a status update.
The “You go, girl!” comments — usually two or three per update — buoyed her. And if she skipped a day or two, the questions about what was going on did too.
“I’d see people who I’m Facebook friends with,” Johnson said, “and if I hadn’t posted anything lately, they’d say, ‘Are you still working out?’ ”
It was those questions and support that especially kept her motivated and helped her drop two sizes to a 6.
3. Be more creative
Megan O’Neill used tumbler to keep her New Years resolution. In 2011 She planned to embark on one creative project per week and launched a Tumblr blog to keep track of her progress. Each time She completed a creative project She posted text, pictures, and/or video to the Tumblr and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback She got as a result.
“The fact that I was keeping track of my resolution publicly, and getting support from my friends via this public tracking, encouraged me to keep going. Although I only managed to complete 40 creative projects in 2011 I still felt very good about what I accomplished, and I’ll always have the record of my resolution to look back at on Tumblr.”
4. Quit Smoking
Many people prefer to quit on their own, but they’re looking for a bit more help and guidance. Tobacco Free Florida has an online program called the Web Coach® that has proven to work for many people.
This free online program helps you create a personalized web-based quit plan that you follow at your own pace and in private. Motivational and educational e-mails will be sent to you throughout your quit plan.
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What ever your New Years resolution is, support is the key to accomplishing that goal. A friend of mine posted in facebook today that it had been a while since he made a New Years Resolution. Like most of us the laundry list was too large and he ultimately lost focus. He decided to keep it simple this year and resolve himself to one thing. Being Better. A better husband, father, friend, etc. He posted it on facebook to be accountable. As one of his friends I will help support him, and check in from time to time to see remind him of his goal.
Set a one goal this year. Let me know what it is so I can help support you in that goal. Happy New Years!