Following This Rule Will Help You Obtain Your Goals IN 2018

We are now officially one week into the New Year. How are you doing with those goals you listed last week. Hopefully, you are still holding onto your plans. Even if you aren’t doing as well as you wish, don’t give up!

Unfortunately, some studies show that as many as 90% of goals will not be met. Often this occurs after not being able to keep plans. Examples could be that food was eaten that doesn’t fit the plan or a day of a workout was missed. After events like this, many feel it isn’t worth it to try again and fall back into the routines they are not happy with. Why are only 10% of goals successful?  There are likely many variations of answers to this question. However, it appears that planning ahead of time is at the center of each suggestion.  For anyone following Whole 30 diet, the key is not only having a supply of food that is Whole 30 approved but also cleaning the pantry of food that is not appropriate. This mentality falls along the line of the 100% rule. This rule in goal setting considers it is all or nothing.   ”

99% is hard. 100% is easy!

Think about it. Ninety-nine percent is a good intention but it wastes our time. At ninety-nine percent, we are using energy but not displaying results. As a consequence we let that New Year’s goal fall apart.

Examples include:

  • Planning to stop online shopping:  yet continuing to subscribe to all of the favored sites as well as keeping the apps on the phone.
  • Changing to a healthier dietary lifestyle but keeping junk food “just in case” in the pantry.
  • Developing a workout routine but not deciding what that will be.
  • Writing a book or creating a blog or learning photography and not establishing a daily schedule.

Think about the plans that did not succeed in the past. Ninety-nine percent gives you permission to question. Should you go workout when it is cold? Do you have time to write?  Do you have a list of ingredients for recipes.  It is a struggle to keep goals if there isn’t a 100% commitment. A 100% commitment means the event is all or nothing and there is no room for questions.

Goals and intentions are achieved due to planning and consistency. Although there is a small percentage of individuals who may be able to have a cheat day on their new diet, most can not. A small percentage may allow skip days on writing and creating but typically those off days become longer and longer.

As we enter the second week of the year, know it is not too late to commit to your goals. However, you may need to step back and reconsider what is realistic. Desiring to focus upon too many goals pulls your energy and does not allow for 100% anywhere in your life.

Commitment is necessary in making changes. 

Here are a few suggestions in developing commitment toward your goals.

  1. Explore what you want to give 100% of your attention. If there are questions, the likelihood is you will not be able to completely commit.
  2. Put in the effort. Desire to quit shopping? Unsubscribe from store’s emails. Want to write a book? Set aside time each day to write. Wanting to organize your house? Stop holding onto objects and clothes for that yard sale and take to a resale store or donate.
  3. Repeat over and over. Reaching and completing one goal establishes confidence. We are then able to focus upon a new area of our life that needs attention.

Putting 100% into anything can be daunting but will also be easier than that ninety-nine percent.

Are you able to follow the 100% with your goals for 2018? Let me know below!

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  1. shootingstarsmag on January 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Oh, commitment is definitely a big one. When it comes to being more active, I tend to have to do classes or something else or I’m not going to do it. I have to be held accountable when it comes to a lot things so making sure I have ways to do that is a biggie!


    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      It is so easy to not follow through with goals when we don’t have a plan. Other things always feel like more of a priority!

  2. Bourbon & Lipstick on January 8, 2018 at 8:30 am

    This is perfect and so timely! Last week was a struggle partly in the healthy eating realm because I didn’t plan like I needed to… and it was so cold I didn’t want to get out aside from work! And I love the idea of unsubscribing from emails – that’s a huge help!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Unsubscribing has truly helped me. If I don’t see something, I am less likely to go looking for it and the same for food – if I don’t have it in the house, I will not eat it. Here’s hoping the struggle lessens for you!! Hope it is a great week.

  3. Kim Munoz on January 8, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I need to work on this for sure! But you’re right. Why spend all that time and effort and only give 99% . Thanks for sharing this!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Kim! When you think about the energy perspective it really makes you view things differently.

  4. Beth Kondrick on January 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

    You are so right about 99%. My husband and I were just talking about this. Instead of simply rinsing a bowl, why we don’t take the time to also load it into the dishwasher. What are those few extra seconds going to hurt? I’m definitely trying to stop half-doing things.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      It is amazing the things we don’t complete and the truth is it takes very little extra time (if any). Here’s hoping you can start completing more things!!!

  5. Courtney A. Casto on January 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I love this Sheryl! I’m definitely an all or nothing type of person. Either I’m all in or it’s not getting done.

  6. Rosa Fairfield on January 8, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    This made a whole lot of sense to me. I definelty need to find that 100% commitment.

  7. TheEmiTimes on January 8, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I love this! I really have to work on this as well. I really want to reach my reading goal this year so I have been setting a timer for about 30 minutes every day. So far it’s working.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      I think that is a great way to reach your goal. If you have it scheduled, it will happen rather than simply saying “when I have time, I am going to read.”

  8. Katie Arnold on January 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I definitely need to work on my commitment to my goals, a few in particular that are very stressful to me.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      There are times when it is hard to stay committed to goals. Hoping you can find what works best for you and decrease that stress.

  9. Akaleistar on January 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    These are great tips for reaching a goal!

  10. Charlotte on January 8, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I never really thought of it but you’re so very right–removing apps for my favorite online stores would eliminate the temptation of “just stopping in” to see what’s on sale. That’s just one way to fall down the rabbit hole! I have a hard time with all or nothing, but setting bite sized mini goals each month is definitely helping to keep me accountable (mostly anyway!).

    Thanks for this reminder, Sheryl <3 <3 <3

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 8, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      I’m glad the small size goals are working for you! I think some people are able to find success like you in taking small steps but many others simply find themselves not fully committed. Always glad to help with reminders!!

  11. Anthea on January 9, 2018 at 1:06 am

    These tips are great Sheryl – thanks for sharing.
    I’ve always been ‘all or nothing’. If I skip gym then I automatically eat badly afterwards.
    I haven’t made New Year resolutions but I have monthly goals and I need to increase my commitment to them.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I think we have all done what you have done – skip the gym means comfort food etc. It is all about being aware of the steps we need to take to get where we want to go. It’s also about realizing we get to try again.

  12. Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot on January 9, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Great advice! I’m the type that if the day starts out bad, it’s hard for me to get back on track. I’m going to try to not let that be the case this year. If I have something bad for breakfast, it doesn’t mean I should eat bad for the rest of the day!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 9, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Exactly! Just because you fall off your course doesn’t mean you have to stay off of it. I like to say the great thing is we can keep starting over and trying again.

  13. Divya Budhraja on January 9, 2018 at 8:45 am

    This is definitely true. I feel like when you’re doing things 99% you have to use your willpower. Whereas if you decide to go 100%, you just eliminate willpower from the equation.

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