Wouldn’t it be wonderful if simply making a New Year’s resolution guaranteed success?
Lose weight. Pay off debt. Quit smoking.
Easy, right? No, not really.
Most resolutions fail because they are wishes, not goals. Often, the best way to achieve a long-term goal is to focus on the supporting habits. For example:
|Lose weight||improve nutrition, drink water, exercise regularly, get consistent sleep|
|Pay off debt||use cash instead of credit, supplement your income, “pay yourself first”|
|Quit smoking||use “the patch”, chew gum, reduce stress, find a buddy|
By focusing on the supporting habits (and keeping the end goal in mind, of course), we put ourselves in an excellent position to succeed. The same strategy applies to all other New Year’s resolutions, including another popular one: becoming a better public speaker.