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LET’S TALK about goals. In particular, did you set any goals at the beginning of this year? I’ve always used January 1st as the day that I start on my new goals. After I set my goals, I like to think of myself just like this… detailed goals, it can still be difficult to actually follow through on them after the first few months. Instead of hitting the trails, though…. It feels a whole lot easier to hit the sofa. Most of us make ambitious plans on January 1st, like starting a new exercise plan or getting more done at work, but these resolutions often tend to fizzle out after a few months. And I’m not alone on this one–research shows us that 88% of people fail to achieve their New Year’s Resolutions! For that reason, I want to provide you with some strategies that will help you actually achieve your goals. Or this… January 1st has passed us by and you no longer have the clean slate of a new year as your motivation to make a change in your life. So what can you do? THE SOLUTION: DISCOVERY- DRIVEN PLANNING First, I want you to think of one of your resolutions or goals. I’m not the only one with this New Year’s excitement. I’ve found that there’s something about the clean slate of a new year that inspires us all to want to make change in our lives. This year, I used the same goal setting guide that I always do (if you want to set some goals now, use it to help you– it’s totally free!). What I love about the guide is that it helps you set incredible detailed goals– something that research shows is really important in keeping us stick to our plans. But even with these specific and Really picture that goal. How good of a job have you done so far with sticking to this goal? Are you any closer to achieving it? Now, there’s this tool created by researchers at Wharton and Columbia business schools. This tool is known to work – it’s taught at Harvard Business School and used by some of the world’s biggest brands. So back to that resolution of yours. What assumptions MUST hold true for you to be able to follow through on your goal? WHAT ARE YOU ASSUMING THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO? Say that your goal is to eat less sugar. You’re assuming that you will be able to resist sugar, that you will overcome your sugar cravings, that you won’t buy more sugary foods, and that you will feel satisfied without sugar. Here’s the problem – the reason you probably won’t follow through on your goals is because those assumptions will not hold true. You’re assuming too much. And this is the downfall of resolutions. We assume that in the new year we will be these different people who can do all of these things that our current selves fail to do. If you assume that your Future Self will suddenly have all of this willpower and say “I’ll take some carrots instead of a cookie!” when the Current You always eats the cookie, you’re only setting yourself up to fail. And here’s why: our feelings defeat us. You see, a big myth related to resolutions is that with enough willpower, we can do anything – including give up sugar. However…it doesn’t work that way. It’s called “discovery-driven planning.” Assuming that you can achieve your goals based on willpower alone will set you up for failure. Here’s how to use it: Ask yourself what assumptions must hold true in order for your strategy to succeed. WHY CAN’T WE RELY ON WILLPOWER? BLAME DECISION FATIGUE You see, it sounds so simple – but it makes a huge difference. Here’s why. 2018 2018 SPRING SPRING 17