How to Set Resolutions that Work

There’s a lot of hype around resolutions and goal setting, especially around the new year. The sad truth is that 80% of new year resolutions will fail by February. 

But yours don’t have to, and we’re here to help you succeed. As a dawning movement led by entrepreneurial women, we know a thing or two about setting goals that work. The trick is to set definable goals, rather than vague resolutions. 

Is being healthy on your New Year’s list? Or starting a mindfulness or yoga practice? Or sharing the practice with the children or teens you work with?

If so, or if it’s anything else you want to do to change your life, here’s our strategy for making the change last.

Step 1. Identify your resolution

Where will you be by the end of 2020? What will you have accomplished?  

Step 2. Identify your goals

What steps will you need to take to accomplish this resolution?

For example, if your resolution is to teach yoga and mindfulness daily in your classroom by the end of 2020, your goals may include “complete a kid’s yoga teacher training,” “teach yoga once a week,” and “teach yoga once a day.”

Step 3. Add “by when” dates

Make your goals specific, affirmative, and concise.

For example, for the goal “complete a kid’s yoga teacher training” you would write “I have completed a kid’s yoga teacher training by March 30, 2020.”

Step 4. Organize

Organize your list in the order of how you feel you can complete these goals to achieve your resolution.

Step 5. Start your first goal

Take that first step today.

 

To help get you started, we’ve created this printable worksheet for you.

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Julia Bond

A strategist by trade and scientist at heart, Julia informs the neuroscience and psychology of yoga and mindfulness at Yoga Ed.

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