by A. Grano on January 12th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Millions of Americans set at least one New Year’s resolution every January 1st. Of the large percentage of people who make a verbal commitment to themselves, friends, or loved ones to implement a change, only about 20% actually fulfill that goal over a long-term period (a year or longer).
However, there are specific tips you can follow to help make this year your personal success story. The statistics may be against us in adhering to our goals in the short-term, but if we can sustain our personal promises over a period of time, success rates are much higher.
Further, research suggests that habits are formed after 21 days. So, trying your hardest to muster the willpower to eat better, quit smoking, control your temper, or work on whatever vice that negatively tempts you will pay off in the long run. Making it past that initial hurdle significantly improves your chances of lasting achievement.
In addition, setting the proper expectations for yourself is one of the biggest contributors to personal success. So many people fail at keeping resolutions because they do not have the proper perspective on how to achieve their goals. Setting the goal alone will not accomplish the task; rather, the brain must be trained to trigger affirmative thought processes.
A positive self-fulfilling prophecy is just as easy to attain as a negative one, but we have to be careful in how we set expectations to avoid creating the wrong messages in the brain. For example, if we have failed time and time again in the past but keep attempting to fix the problem with the same course of action, how can we expect different results? Reprogramming ourselves to approach our goals differently can be enough to get going in the right direction.
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