This story originally appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of Scoutingmagazine.
Whatever your New Years resolutions might be losing weight, getting fit, saving money, getting organized, recruiting more Scouts, delegating more tasks to troop committee members whatever just thinkingthat you can is not enough to get you there. Thoughts are fleeting, and its easy to think negatively about lack of progress.
No wonder that of the nearly 50% of Americans who make January resolutions, only 8% achieve their goals, according to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Some experts believe at least two factors undermine our best intentions: We choose to resolve during January, typically one of the busiest work periods of the year, and resolution makers are often unrealistic about how long it takes to establish sustainable habits.
To buck the trend, you need a plan of action with a proven track record. Most motivation gurus advise breaking your lofty goals into process goals that give you constant positive feedback to keep your motivation level high.
Model the behavior of elite athletes and other professionals who function at a high level to make your dreams of change a reality. Here are eight ways to do just that: