Guaranteed Success on Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Key points for guaranteed success on our New Year’s resolutions:

  1. If you’ve made a formal New Year’s resolution, you’re more likely to make progress on the matter than someone who doesn’t.
  2. If you can make it through January applying your resolution, you have a good chance of progress lasting longer.
  3. With proven strategies and some digital tools you can really increase your odds of success.

The  New York Times recently had a great article by Times columnist John Tierney. He and Roy F Baumeister have coauthored “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.” Contrary to conventional beliefs, their research supports that you are ten times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution than non-resolvers!

Here are the key steps and actions to help you, as determined through Tierney and Baumeister’s research:

  1. Set clear goals (less is more).
  2. Pre-commit; bind yourself to taking action (e.g. put money at risk on your resolution).
  3. Outsource self control by getting help from a support team.
  4. Keep track of your results.
  5. Don’t overreact to a lapse.
  6. Reward yourself on progress often.

Character Move:

  1. In my January 3rd blog I suggested three practical and specific improvement resolutions regarding making progress in applying The Character Triangle (CT). Determine the CT resolution best for you.
  2. Write it down and be very specific in defining the resolution. Make progress clear and measurable.
  3. Apply the support ideas in this blog to help you translate your resolution into a successful habit.

Successful resolutions in The Triangle,