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Like 62% of Americans, I make New Year’s Resolutions. Like 8% of Americans, I’m going to be successful in sticking to mine. Here’s my plan to be successful in keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. (statistics source)

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For 2013, I’m making three resolutions. One each for personal development, family leadership and workplace leadership.

Here is what I’ve considered while making my resolutions:

  1. Is it in line with God’s call on my life?
  2. Am I the only one who has influence in sticking with it?
  3. Does it help meet established the goals I’ve set in my life plan?
  4. Is it the next logical step?

If all four answers are yes, then I:

  • Write it down.
  • Write myself an email using about the “why” behind the new resolution. I set it to arrive 1, 3, 6 and 12 weeks in the future.
  • Set actions steps to success. These might include:
    • Giving up something else to create time for the new activity,
    • Registering for a class,
    • Finding an accountability partner,
    • Setting small goals and calendaring them to reach the larger goal,
    • Scheduling it into my ideal daily schedule, etc

Next I identify the greatest challenge to being successful and, if possible, develop a plan to address any challenges.

The greatest discouragers to success in keeping goals and New Years Resolutions for all of us normally are:

  • Other people can influence us to failure.
  • We loose focus on other goals we are already in the middle of achieving.
  • We give to much focus and attention to the new thing. We forget to maintain other established healthy habits.
  • We don’t plan for success. Just a small bit of planning can take us the distance.
  • We don’t consider the reason behind the reason. Which is always a spiritual issue. After all, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Address the spiritual need and you’ll fulfill the human desire.
  • We forget some is better than none. If you miss one day, one goal, one anything…it’s normally not a goal or resolution killer. I’d rather start over 50 times then fail permanently.

How do you plan to stick with your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions?
What do you consider when setting goals or New Year’s Resolutions?

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