How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Come True

Resolving to break an unhealthy habit or otherwise become a better person is no easy task, which is why many of us won't even attempt such a move unless a special occasion -- such as the turn of a new year -- gives us an omen-filled opportunity. But it's more than just a matter of timing, and that's where a behavioral expert like Dr. Kerry Johnson, Ph.D., enters the picture. Johnson is a best-selling author and frequent speaker at conferences around the world. In addition, his one-on-one Peak Performance Coaching program promises to increase one's business by 80 percent in eight weeks.

Dr. Kerry Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Kerry Johnson, Ph.D.

"Resolutions are emotions. Goals are putting those emotions into actions," says Johnson, available to present via the Las Vegas Speakers Bureau. "Setting goals is easy -- it's sticking to the plan to attain those goals that trip most of us up. But there is hope."
 
To begin with, Johnson notes, it's important to be specific when setting goals. "They should be measurable. It should be easy to visualize what they are and when you want to achieve them," he says. "Your primary goals should be long-term tangible dreams with a time frame of one to five years, at least, like to buy a vacation home in Vail, for example, or to take a monthlong trip around the world, or to be able to work only three days a week and do charity work the remainder of the time. Try to focus on the deeper reasons behind your numerical or financial goals, because those reasons will motivate you much more effectively than an otherwise isolated number."
 
Next, he adds, it helps to create both short- and medium-term objectives that tie back to your long-term goals. The mid-term goal objective should be a stepping stone to hitting the long-term dream, such as spending a week in Vail to begin scouting out areas in which you'd like to have that vacation home.
 
Finally, work backward once again from the medium-term goal and set short-term objectives. Short-term objectives are things you want to accomplish today or this week -- like to spend a few hours researching Vail online. "This level of specificity really does work," Johnson says. 
 
To be successful, it is important to keep your goals top-of-mind. "People are visual creatures," says Johnson. "Put a picture, poster, magazine advertisement, or some other visual or tangible reminder of your objective in your office or on the bathroom mirror, a spot where you will look at that picture several times during the day to remind you what it is you're working toward."
 
Johnson notes that it also helps to take some time to discuss with your spouse or a trusted friend exactly what you want and when you want it. Accountability and support can be very useful. Lastly, come to terms with how your priorities may need to change to achieve your goal. "What are you willing to sacrifice to get what you desire?" Johnson asks. No great achiever has ever succeeded without goals, he says. "They help us become profitable and productive and build self-esteem. Start the year working toward your objectives using the techniques I've discussed, and you'll be more successful without working any harder in the long run."
 
"New Year's resolutions may be hard to keep, but with the help of a speaker like Dr. Kerry Johnson, resolutions can become realities," says Jaki Baskow, CEO and founder, Las Vegas Speakers Bureau, who can help your group book Johnson. For more information, contact Baskow at [email protected] or (702) 547-5119.