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5 Steps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s the time of year when people give up on their goals. If you’re struggling, too, take these five steps to keep your New Year’s resolutions.

On The BIGG Success Show, we discuss how to stay on track and reach your New Year’s resolutions, even when the going gets tough. Here’s a summary of that conversation…

It’s that time of year – the time when people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. It happens every year in mid-January.

Are you one of them? If so, we want to share five steps you can take right now so you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

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Are You a Goal-Getter or a Goal-Forgetter?

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There are two types of people in the world: goal-getters and goal-forgetters. We share three differences between the two.

We discuss how to keep your New Year’s resolutions on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary…

In a study on New Year’s resolutions, at the University of Scranton, by JC Norcross and DJ Vagarelli, 200 participants made a New Year’s resolutions. The researchers tracked them for two years.

  • 23% gave up within the week
  • 36% didn’t last a week
  • 50% threw in the towel by the 3-month mark
  • 54% didn’t make it 6 months
  • 81% quit within 2 years

So less than 1 out of 5 people kept their resolution long-term. How can you be part of this group of high achievers?

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360-Degree Goal-Setting

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360-degree goal-setting helps you set holistic goals by bringing together the three facets of BIGG success – personal, professional, and financial success.

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Labor Day signals the end of summer. Fall is upon us. It’s a great time to get back to work on your goals. We talk about 360-degree goal-setting in this episode on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion…

A new school year has started. There’s an energy in the air. A desire for self-improvement, which peaks around this time of year.

It’s time to get back to work – on your goals.

September is the new January. It’s a great time to reboot your goals. Get a jump on the official New Year. Let’s talk about 360-degree goal setting.

The three facets of 360-degree goal-setting

The three facets of BIGG success are personal success, professional success, and financial success. 360-degree goal-setting considers all three areas simultaneously.

Picture them on a triangle. Personal is at the top. Professional and financial success take a position at the base of the triangle, with professional success on the left side and financial success on the right side.

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New Year’s Resolutions: The One Guaranteed Way to Keep Them

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New Year’s Resolutions WILL get accomplished by understanding the power of one. Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn share it, on The BIGG Success Show podcast.

It’s easy to make New Year’s Resolutions. It’s much more difficult to keep them. Yet how you make them has a lot to do with whether or not you’ll keep them.

The secret is in understanding the power of one. Once you do – and you put it into practice – you’re virtually guaranteed to keep your New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s what we call the seven powers of one:

One quarter for your New Year’s Resolutions
A year is too long. What would you like to change in the next quarter? 90 days is close enough to keep your motivated.

One New Year’s Resolution
Many people create a list of New Year’s Resolutions. You will have one. One thing to work on right now. Once you’ve got it down, you can move on to another one.

One reason for your New Year’s Resolutions
Most people never really think about this. You know what your New Year’s Resolution is. Why is it so important for you to keep it? You need one compelling reason to keep you motivated.

One change for your New Year’s Resolutions
If you don’t do anything different, you can’t expect anything different. What is one small change you will make? Master it and then make another change until you’ve accomplished what you want.

One day for your New Year’s Resolutions
We started with 90 days, rather than a year. But even that’s too much once you start acting on your desire. Focus on keeping your New Year’s Resolution today. Whether you succeed or not, try again tomorrow.

One New Year’s Resolutions buddy
It’s hard to succeed alone. Find a friend who is trying to keep New Year’s Resolutions. It doesn’t have to be the same as yours. You can still buck each other up when needed.

New Year’s Resolutions are won in one weak moment
You will face moments of weakness. You will be tempted. Remind yourself of your one compelling reason. Reach out to your New Year’s Resolutions buddy. It leads to BIGG success!

 

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2 Tips to Make a New Year Resolution You Will Keep

Remember school lunch?

Listen to this post! Click a player to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 4:17).


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[George] “I remember one clearly. I was in grade school – I think fourth grade. The main item on the menu that day was a ham salad sandwich.

Most of us weren’t fans of ham salad, so we weren’t eating them. But one of my friends said he loved ham salad.

He quickly devoured the one on his plate. So another one of my friends handed his sandwich over. It was gone in no time.

But it didn’t stop there. Everybody started dumping their ham salad sandwiches on my friend’s plate.

And it became a contest. How many sandwiches could he eat?

He ended up eating 17 half-sandwiches – in other words, 8½ sandwiches total!

And the final part of the story: Lunch ended. We went back to class. It wasn’t long before my friend made a mad dash for the bathroom.

Yes, he tossed his ham salad!”

So what does ham salad have to do with making New Year resolutions? We’ll share two things:

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Or should we say digest? We humans tend to make sweeping changes. We want immediate results.

But BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. Entrepreneurs – especially in the early stage – don’t see immediate results. They only see what they’re doing to achieve the results they want. So…

Think like an entrepreneur!

Shift your focus away from results to activities.

If you get the activities right, the results will take care of themselves.

For an easy example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Instead of putting yourself on a starvation diet, change one thing. For instance, if you eat a candy bar in the middle of the day, substitute a piece of fruit.

If you’re not exercising at all, don’t try to exercise for an hour every day. Start with fifteen minutes or so a couple of times a week.

Research shows that it takes between two weeks to a month or more for a habit to form. As you form one habit, you can start working on another one.

Small bites lead to BIGG success day after day, habit after habit.

Don’t let other people stuff you full

They have their own agenda. But you have your own. After all, BIGG success is life on your own terms!

So before you make a New Year resolution, ask a very important question:

Why?

And then expand on it:

Why is it important to you?

Why is it more important than other resolutions you might make?

These questions help establish your motivation. There will be times when it will be hard to keep your resolution. You will feel like giving up on it at times.

You must understand the reason underlying your resolution.

Don’t just think about a New Year resolution.

Feel the difference it will make.

So to make New Year resolutions you will keep, set your own agenda and take baby steps. It leads to BIGG success!

What’s your tip for making New Year resolutions?

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