According to studies, 1/3 of people who make New Year’s resolutions will not stick to them by the end of January. With an estimated half of American’s making resolutions, defy the odds and stick to yours! The beginning of a new year motivates many to celebrate the motto, “out with the old and in with the new,” breaking old habits and beginning new healthier, happier ones. Do you have any goals you are looking to achieve or habits you are trying to break?
Goal-setting is essential to leadership, so once you draft your list of goals, it is important to stick to the task at hand in order to accomplish them!
Make them manageable. Make your goals attainable, so that you do not feel overwhelmed. Will you realistically be able to accomplish this by the end of the year? If not, break up the goal by semester, months, weeks or even individual days.
Write them down. Write down your goals so that you can hold yourself accountable. Sticky notes and reminder apps for your smartphone are essential. Glancing at a Post-It on your desk or getting that extra notification can go a long way!
Make them SMART. The SMART method is an easy way to re-evaluate your goals before you commit to them, to ensure that they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Based.
Welcome in the new year with tons of motivation and persistence! You are strong and able to achieve anything you set your mind to. If you’re ready to jump ahead and brainstorm, click here for a great resource that will help you start that list!
By Danielle Dupuis (Bridgewater State)
In Spring 2015, Danielle joined the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta at Bridgewater State University as a freshman. Danielle currently serves as administrative vice president. As a psychology major with minors in public relations and inclusive special education/communication disorders, Danielle hopes to work in Higher Education Administration. Danielle is actively involved on campus as the Student Government President, an orientation leader and manager of student life social media (BSUlife), among other involvements. Within her leadership roles Danielle enjoys goal-setting, list-making, honesty, striving to be dependable and finding ways to better herself and others daily. Danielle loves traveling, spending her days the beach (she lives 10 minutes away from the East coast), reading and working out. She loves getting to know others and making connections, so feel free to reach out to her!