3 ways successful people achieve their new year's goals

3 ways successful people achieve their new year's goals

Award winning coach Shweta Jhajharia of The London Coaching Group shares the three techniques that have worked in her life and the lives of the most successful business people she knows,

The results of Richard Wiseman's experiment are widely known; 88% of those who set New Year's resolutions fail to achieve them.

The question is why? And what can we learn from those who actually achieve their goals?

1. Avoid cognitive overload

The brain cells in the prefrontal cortex govern will power. They are also responsible for keeping you focused, handling short-term memory, and solving abstract problems.

When your prefrontal cortex gets overloaded, you simply do not have room to maintain your will power.

In addition, when you set yourself more than you can achieve this can impact your self-belief, which demotivates you.

It is far more productive – and preferable – to set yourself up for a win so that you can celebrate that win and, with confidence, move up to achieve the next level.

2. Baby steps to habits, not resolutions

When people make a New Year's resolution, they usually choose something reasonably abstract. For example: quit smoking; lose weight; manage stress.

To give yourself the best chance of achieving them, you need to understand the distinction between a resolution and a habit.

A habit is when you perform a very specific behaviour and set a very specific goal associated with that behaviour.

So convert those abstract resolutions into habits you wish to create.