It’s that time again …have you made your New Year’s Resolutions? Or are you like many well-intentioned people who have decided it’s a losing battle and not worth the aggravation?

New Year’s Resolutions are always filled with good intentions and hope for a better life this year than we had last year. But what happens when February rolls around and our good intentions have become a source of frustration and self-recrimination? There are many reasons why resolutions don’t stick. See if any of these feel familiar:

  • Too big or too unrealistic; they create a sense of “Overwhelm-Induced Inertia”
  • “Floating” Resolutions; they’re not attached to your vision
  • Externally motivated; they’re what someone else thinks you should do or want
  • There’s no detailed plan or strategy to reach them, they’re all talk and no action; or your plan is too broad and not specific enough
  • Lack of motivation or follow-through
  • Too rigid or absolute

If you want to create positive change in your life, here are some strategies to help you increase your chances for success:

  • Choose a resolution that feels manageable, yet still challenges you.
  • Be sure your resolution or goal is clearly attached to your vision; achieving it will take you toward your vision rather than away from it.
  • Be clear that your resolution is something YOU want.
  • Have a plan that not only defines the major steps over time, but also the small, individual action steps you can take on a daily basis.
  • Create some system of accountability; enlist the help of a Buddy who is as motivated as you are.
  • As you work your plan, allow the process to evolve and be refined.
  • Step up and resolve to make it a powerful and fulfilling 2017!

Author: Laurie Cameron, CTA Mentor Coach and Trainer. Author of The Sage and Scholar’s Guide to Coaching Singles and The Journey from Fear to Love.