Monday, April 4, 2016

Tip #591: New Year Resolution Check-In-4 Psychologist's Secrets to Success

Are you among half of the Americans which research suggests set New Year's resolutions each year?  If so, with the first quarter behind us, it's time to measure success.  Consider how you've fared thus far and if you are disappointed in your performance, you're not alone-only 8% of Americans actually achieve their resolutions.

Don't be discouraged.  Dale Carnegie said, "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."  To get back on track, here are four psychologist's secrets to making your resolutions stick.

Review your goals.  One of the reasons you may struggle with your resolutions is because you did not use the 'SMART' method of goal-setting when you devised them.  Dr. Paul Marciano is the author of Carrots and Sticks Don't Work and cautions that the first step to behavior change is to clearly understand what "it" is and set 'SMART' goals.  Make sure your goals are: 

Specific - Articulate your goal in a clear statement that states exactly what needs to be done.

Measurable - Tracking progress helps to maintain momentum and focus, especially for big goals that may be comprised of a series of smaller tasks or steps. 
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