Why not ring in the New Year with goals that will yield results?
This year when you sit down to write your 2016 resolutions it is important to know the difference between outcome goals and behavioral goals. An outcome goal is about a result. A behavior goal is about the behavior that gets us to that result.
Outcome goal – I will lose 10 pounds.
Behavior goal – I will walk 10,000 steps per day, six days per week during my lunch break.
Behavior goals give your brain the specific steps it needs to take in order to reach the outcome that you desire. And removing the ambiguity will get you one step closer to success.
Want to ensure a higher probability of success? Make sure the goal is SMART - specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timed. Outlining exactly how you are going to complete this behavior will give your brain the map it needs to follow through.
Next, check up on yourself. A week into the new year, ask yourself - Did I will walk 10,000 steps per day, six days per week during my lunch break? Why or why not?
If you can follow these guidelines for your January 2016 resolutions, your chances of success will increase dramatically.
Best Wishes! And Happy New Year!