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Top 10 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions #5 – Be Better than You Think

Top 10 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions #5 – Be Better than You Think

If you had to pick between a behavioral goal in which you knew you would have a high chance of being
able to complete, such as spending 5 minutes a day walking, versus one that sort of scared you to be
better, such as getting to the gym for 45 minutes 5 days per week, which one should you pick? More
than likely you would pick the “easy” one where you would have high odds of being able to stick to the
habit. This is a mistake that most people make as they see the “easy” solution as being easier to keep
in the long-run.

Whenever we make a goal (resolution), that goal has to compete with all of our other goals. When we
make a goal that seems easy (walk 5 minutes per day), we don’t protect or shield that goal from all of
our other goals. We see it as no big deal and as such, push it off continually and allow all of our other
goals to take precedent over this simple one. When that occurs, we often “fail” at achieving even an
“easy” task.

On the other hand, goals that challenge you, yet are still realistic and ones that you truly desire, help
shield you from other competing goals. In other words, by striving to be better, you allow that goal
(resolution) to become a priority in your life. As such, you do more things that protect that priority from
falling out of your life in the long run.

Your to do: Now that you know what success looks like (step 4), match that overall specific goal to an
action plan that holds you accountable to higher standards than you would have originally planned for.
For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, but don’t currently workout, pick an action plan in which
you workout at least 3-7 days per week. If you do workout, then choose to eat only natural whole foods.

Overall Specific Outcome Goal: __________________________________________

Specific Behavioral Goals you can take on to achieve the outcome listed above:

Behavioral Goal # 1 _______________________________________________

Does this behavioral goal hold you to higher standards? Yes/No _______
If not, why not?
_______________________________________________________________________
If so, when do you plan on implementing it? Date: __________
How do you plan on implementing it? (examples include go food shopping and cook, rent a locker at
the gym, etc.)
________________________________________________________________________
Behavioral Goal # 2 _______________________________________________
Does this behavioral goal hold you to higher standards? Yes/No _______

If not, why not?
_______________________________________________________________________
If so, when do you plan on implementing it? Date: __________
How do you plan on implementing it? (examples include go food shopping and cook, rent a locker at
the gym, etc.)
________________________________________________________________________
Behavioral Goal # 3 _______________________________________________

Does this behavioral goal hold you to higher standards? Yes/No _______
If not, why not?
_______________________________________________________________________
If so, when do you plan on implementing it? Date: __________
How do you plan on implementing it? (examples include go food shopping and cook, rent a locker at
the gym, etc.)
________________________________________________________________________
The biggest pushback from this type of higher standards usually comes from people who have an Allor-
Nothing mindset and say, but I won’t be able to get to the gym that many days or I won’t be able to
stick to those higher standards. The next step will talk about why that doesn’t really matter in the long
run.

 

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