Do you have a resolution you want to stick to this year? Maybe you have a fitness goal, a relationship goal, or some professional progress you want to make. Perhaps you want to finally get rid of those stubborn student loan payments. Make 2017 the year you achieve your goals and get started living the life you want.

Here are 7 no-nonsense ways you can stick to any New-Year’s Resolution:

  1. Just Say NO
    Saying NO is tough, but doing so is absolutely crucial to your success. Identifying your priorities and saying NO to things that don’t align with them is the first and most important step to reaching your goal. Remember that you must say NO to distractions, but especially to doubt and fear. Make a habit of saying NO to the empty threats doubt and fear throw at you each day, and you’ll discover you’re really saying YES to your goals
  2. Eliminate Temptation
    Don’t put yourself in a position to backslide. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, make sure to keep it sacred and remove any opportunities for failure. This might require reorganizing your routine, your home or office, or your schedule. Just like saying NO, identify areas of your life that are incompatible with your goal and do everything in your power to eliminate, change, or avoid them. The initial inconvenience will be forgotten when you look back after achieving your goal.
  3. Make it Attainable
    Set yourself up for success from the get-go by setting a goal that is challenging, but possible to achieve. Look at how you use your time make sure that you are taking actions that actively propel you toward your goal. Don’t get discouraged if your goal seems too large. Break it up into smaller pieces that you can knock out one by one. Ask yourself “why couldn’t I achieve this goal in the next month,” and discover that there might be some high-yield actions you can take to meet your goal sooner than expected.
  4. Make it Automatic
    Remember those actions that actively propel you toward your goal? Look for ways to seamlessly build them into your routine. Put them on your calendar, set up recurring reminders, or do prep work ahead of time so you’re set up for success. If you want to journal more, put your journal out where you will use it. If you have a healthy eating goal, make healthy meals ahead of time and pack them in individual containers, or place a standing order for a healthy meal at your favorite restaurant so you can just walk in and have “the usual.” Expend less willpower by making goal-directed actions invisible. For example, if you have a savings goal, ask your payroll person to direct deposit a set amount from each paycheck into a separate savings account. You won’t see the money moving week to week, but you will see the results.
  5. Make it Measurable
    How will you know you’re on track? Quantifying your progress will make it easier to know if you’re making headway on your goal. Identify the metric you’ll use to gauge progress and make a note of it. Check your work against this metric to see how you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be completely quantitative either. For instance if you have a fitness goal, you might know you’re making progress by noting kinds of feedback you get from people who notice your improving physique. Whatever you choose, just be sure to actually record it. Things that are measurable are often improvable.
  6. Make it Visual
    Stay motivated by creating a visual representation so you can see your progress every day. If you have a goal that requires daily action, print a calendar page and mark off each day you complete that action. Your motivation will increase as you see a long chain of action days adding up, and you’ll be reluctant to break the chain. Devise a clever way to see progress each day and your goal will always be “in your sight and in your mind.”
  7. Be Accountable
    Don’t go it alone! Accountability means you are answerable to someone else for your progress. Primarily you are responsible to yourself for achieving your goal, so make a record of your goal and remind yourself of it from time to time. Keep your word and don’t let yourself down. For extra motivation, find at least one person you can share your goal with and let them know about your progress. You won’t want to let them down either.

New Years is a convenient time to seek new opportunities, set new goals, and forge new habits, but it shouldn’t stop there. For accountability and coaching you can trust, all year long, Contact Debt Freeks. Get a quick assessment, begin your journey to financial freedom, and make 2017 your best year yet!

Do Brave Deeds and Endure!
– Ben at Debt Freeks