It's now the third week into the new year and the number of people still sticking to their New Year's resolutions has dropped to about 70% according to proactivechange.com. They state that 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year and people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.
The key is having a clear idea of your goal. I often get excited for a project or goal and work on it strongly when it's new and my motivation is high, but if I haven't created a system to complete the project I am easily distracted and my path becomes obscure. How do you create a system?
First, you must know the 'why' behind the goal or resolution. Your 'why' should align with your values and and fit with the type of life you are attempting to make.
Second, you must create a time and clear the space to complete the task or goal. For example if you are attempting to lose weight, make sure your clothes are ready and you have set a specific time to work out. If you plan to 'just fit it in sometime' it will probably never happen.
Third, eliminate distractions. I took the bold step to disconnect my television for 2012. I complained a lot last year about not having enough time to complete my goals, but that was not entirely true. I managed to keep up with my favorite TV shows with no problem. Now I can't default to watching TV. This has been difficult because I LOVE TV - but I am more committed to transforming my life than I am to watching TV.
Fourth, keep the momentum. Instead of relying on motivation to keep you going, you need to set little victories a long the way. One of the reasons I have loved doing '3 Tiny Habits' this year is because it is so easy and I am always feeling victorious and successful.
What were your resolutions or intentions for the new year? Are you still working towards them? Have you created a system?