Is it a given that millions made resolutions on January 1st and millions will not succeed in keeping them? I'm no psychological expert, but I do have some real experience in setting unreasonable resolutions only to feel miserable when I didn't achieve them.
I suspect I'm not the only one. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's the case since I conducted a totally unscientific Facebook survey of Professional Mojo's 3K friends to find that the majority of them are not setting resolutions this year.
But, for those who are once again committing themselves to resolutions, here are three tips to keep you on the right track - social media style:
- Use technology to your advantage: No longer must you use pencil (what's that?) and paper to track your progress. You can track all of the resolution goodness via apps and even share your progress with your circle of friends to improve accountability and celebrate successes! Resource: Check out Mashable's listing of 8 cool apps to help you stay on track.
- Don't go it alone: You've heard it before - goals are easier to achieve when you have others working with you. If you resolved to walk 4 days a week, then find a walking partner. Can't think of a friend? Then post your request on Facebook or tweet a request. Even more exciting? You can create "virtual" circles of friends from all over the US or world filled with peeps who are making similar resolutions or want to support you. YouTube suggests making a video, optimizing it with the #awesome2012 hashtag and uploading it so your social networks can be your cheerleaders!
- Stay inspired: Yep, this is likely the hardest one. When that extra piece of chocolate cake is staring you in the face, where do you turn for inspiration? How about that social network again? Don't be shy - tweet that you are feeling the urge to cheat and ask for words of inspiration. Or, subscribe to one of the apps that automatically delivers words of inspiration to your mobile device every day. You can also visit Pinterest and look at other people's boards who are on similar journeys.
Best of luck.
I wish you the best of luck with your resolutions - whatever they may be. In the meantime, you may find updates about my resolutions over on my Facebook page or my LinkedIn account, but I can't promise anything.