Top 10 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions #4 – Know What Success Looks Like
Too often, when making goals, we take a very vague approach. We say things such as, “I want to start
working out,” or, “I want to lose some weight.” By making such vague resolutions, we don’t have
something to strive for. Research has shown that when you make a specific goal or resolution, you will
be more persistent and do more to reach that goal.
Your to do: Make a specific, time-bound and realistic goal for you to strive for.
If your goal is to “lose weight” give yourself an actual amount to lose and a time frame to achieve that
goal. Instead of a resolution of losing weight, tell yourself, “I will lose 20 pounds”.
After picking that goal, make sure it’s realistic, both overall and more importantly in terms of your
current lifestyle. This goes back to the first step when we talked about how time frames influence our
perception of desire and implementation of that desire. So if weight loss is your goal, remember that
most people will do best by losing 1-2 pounds per week. This means that if you’re working out,
controlling your eating habits and getting enough sleep, you should be losing 1-2 pounds per week. If
you’re not doing those things, then more than likely, your weight loss might be a bit slower (4 pounds
per month). So if you plan on “Losing 20 pounds,” give yourself a full 16-20 weeks to achieve that goal.
Vague Goal: ___________________________________________
Specific Goal: ___________________________________________
Time Frame for Achieving that Goal: _________________________
Is your Goal Realistic? Yes or No: _________
Next, match that outcome goal to a behavioral goal.
In other words, how do you plan on changing your actions/behaviors in order to achieve the outcome
you’re looking for? The next step will talk more about how to set behavioral goals.