10 Goal Setting Tips to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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It’s a New Year. It’s A New Decade. It’s time to think about setting resolutions…or is it? Setting New Year’s resolutions may be a time-honored tradition but unfortunately making last-minute vows during a champagne toast isn’t an effective approach. Research consistently shows that New Year’s resolutions don’t work and that four out of five people who make resolutions fail to keep them.

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So, how can you effectively approach making positive changes in your life in 2016? How can you ensure that you’ll stick with your goals beyond January 15th? You’ve got to make sure that your goals possess a “STICKINESS” factor. Here are some suggested steps from Susan MacCaul Siegmund from Mindbloom for doing that:

10 Goal Setting Tips

Here are 10 goal setting tips to help your New Year's Resolutions Stick

  1. Start with the Big Picture: Time to turn off the autopilot and consciously set your vision for the new year. Redefine success in your own terms. What changes do you want to see in your life and roles? Why do you want this?
  2. Tighten the Focus: Get clear on key areas of focus for 2010. Set priorities based on the roles you play (e.g. mom, entrepreneur, spouse, self, etc.) Avoid being myopically focused on any one role as that leads to imbalance. While you are the queen of multitasking, keep your focus simple! Start with 1-3 priority areas and expand over time. Don’t neglect your “self” role. You’ve got to put on your oxygen mask first!
  3. Identify Intentions: Set a goal or inspiring intention statement for each focus area. Make sure that your motivations aren’t fueled by “shoulds!” 2010 is a great time to stop “shoulding on thyself!”
  4. Choose Actions: Break down goals and intentions into small, actionable, baby steps. Ensure that your steps are specific, realistic, achievable and sustainable. You don’t have to know all the steps, just start with one or two.
  5. Keep Moving Forward: Take small steps on a daily or weekly basis to help you stick with your goals and sustain the changes you want. You’ve got to do your part to make your intentions manifest.
  6. Introspect: Track progress and journal insights. This will help you to adjust your plan accordingly and ensure that the changes you want come to fruition and are sustainable.
  7. Network With Encouragers: Identify your personal “circle of support” (the people in your life who support and encourage your growth.) Ask for their support. Research shows that individuals who are trying to make changes benefit from the support of others.
  8. Encourage Others: Encourage your supporters in return or pay it forward by supporting someone else with their dreams. But, don’t lose yourself in the process.
  9. Stop the Inner Saboteur: Transform your inner saboteur into your inner ally! Work to understand the disempowering choices, behaviors and actions that might be getting in the way of manifesting your intentions. Instead, consciously choose actions that will shift your experience and empower you.
  10. Share Successes: Celebrate accomplishments both big and small. Toot your own horn. Share progress with your “Circle.” Tweet. Blog. Journal. Added bonus… gratitude and appreciation are scientifically proven stress reducers and health boosters!
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Susan MacCaul Siegmund is a Certified Coach and Mindbloom’s Vice President of Product and Partner Marketing. Her unique career journey spans nearly 25 years and blends together extensive experience as a marketer, certified coach and educator. She is an expert on women in midlife and holds a Masters Degree in Human Development.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


13 responses to “10 Goal Setting Tips to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick”

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  2. Savor says:

    Thank you for the support and great tips!

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  4. Execumama says:

    I love the tips, especially #6 (Introspect). Key element for me! Thank you for sharing.

  5. niri says:

    Love these, esp 7, 8 and 10!

  6. Camille says:

    All great reminders! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Ed says:

    Like this post a lot. In particular point 5 (having a start-up, this is particularly important right now ..). Good luck for 2010!

  8. Kate says:

    Great tips, Jyl. Thanks. One of my top goals is #7 – Network with Encouragers. With the economy the way it is, I’ve noticed a lot of negativity and depression. In addition to my Inner Circle, I’m also going to increase the number of networking events I attend this year to at least 2 a month. In Ivan Misner’s new book Networking Like a Pro, he talks about the 4 streams of networking influence and in-person meetings is one that I’ve neglected.

  9. harry says:

    Those are great tips. Thanks for sharing.

    I’d like to recommend a goal software called GoalsOnTrack(, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

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  12. shree says:

    Great tips
    Thank you

  13. Just awesome one and nicely written
    Thank you

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