How’s your New Years resolutions going?
If it’s not going well, you’re not alone: 92% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolutions. 1
So what happened? Did you set a goal that seemed attainable but have lost all will to continue?
Let’s say that your resolution was to work out five days a week.
Totally doable, right?
The first week, you exercised four days a week. But that’s not working out FIVE days a week. Fail. Like any persistent, goal-achieving individual, you tried again the next week but could only get to the gym three days during the week. Aaannnnd, you’ve fallen short again!
Now, you might be thinking, “I can’t stick to my plan and I’m constantly failing so why should I bother? I give up already!”
But there is an easier way to stick to your goals and it’s just one change to feel much more motivated.
The one change to your goal setting strategy is this: you must set a range for your goal. 2
Want to exercise five days a week? It’s better to set a goal to workout three to five days a week. You choose a goal range you think will work for you. Think of an attainable, totally doable number for your low end (two days? three days?) and then set an aspirational number (five days?) for the high end.
You’re more likely to stick with it if you think your goal is challenging and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Goal setting bottom line? It’s better to set a range rather than a precise number.
Want another goal setting tip? See why you should celebrate your small wins.
Have you tried this goal setting strategy? What worked for you? Leave a comment below!