It’s that time of year again. The long-awaited countdown to 2022 is on, and with it come all the resolutions that we’re determined to make this time around. But what’s the secret to making sure that we stick to our goals this year?

The first step in creating success is just deciding to create a new habit. That seems too easy, right? Pick one goal and commit to seeing it through. Keep it simple. You will have a better opportunity to engage in a habit that works.

There are a few steps that have been shown to cause success when it comes to achieving our resolutions. Here are four of them:

Step One: Set Long-Term Goals

It’s important to set long-term goals rather than just focusing on the short term. When we only focus on what’s directly in front of us, we’re more likely to give up when things get tough. But if we have a goal that we’re working towards over the long term, then we’re more likely to stick with it even when things get challenging. Be solid about why you want to achieve your goals in the first place. This will also help keep you on the path for success.

Step Two: Make Small Changes That Stick

if we could all instantly become more organized, thinner, and smarter but this is usually not the case. Instead, new year’s resolutions should be about making small changes that will lead to big results after several months or even years have passed.

Creating short term goals to support your effort will help support you along your journey. Small successes go along way in this process.

Step Three: Keep Track of Your Progress

Keeping a journal of your progress can help support shifting your habits.  You can better see your challenges and accomplishments along the way. Put as little or as much time into your writing as you need. There are habit tracking journals that are easy to use and inexpensive.

Step Four: Be Accountable

 It’s hard to achieve our goals by ourselves. That’s why it’s important to find someone who will be accountable with us – whether that means joining a support group, hiring a personal trainer or habits coach.

Telling your support team can make a difference. Gather folks who will help hold you to your commitments when times get challenging. Let your closest supporters know you have decided to shift to a healthier lifestyle. You can send texts, emails or call to declare your habit to make better decisions for yourself.

These four habits are the secrets that successful people use when they’re trying to achieve their resolutions. I’m a fan of creating habits with goals versus resolutions.  Personally, I’m a firm believer that it’s about making the decision to change, not about a specific date.

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