Many of us will start 2018 with resolutions but no plan. Set yourself up for success by making a detailed plan for how you will reach your resolution. This will get your brain on board with the changes because it can see the roadmap to success. Use multiple micro-goals to make change. When setting your goals to create your plan, start by recognizing the difference in outcome goals and behavior goals.
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 in. 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? How can I increase my success?
Best Wishes! And Happy New Year!