How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Published on January 24, 2013 by arothstein

How’s your New Year’s Resolution coming? If you are like a lot of Americans, you made a commitment to improve something about your life this New Year and are working to keep it going. Unfortunately, close to 40% of this year’s resolutions won’t see the 1st of February. And you are in the minority if your resolution actually makes it to the summer.

Broadview University-Layton’s student services department commemorated National Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day by holding a workshop on goal setting and motivation. The middle of January is the most common time to drop your resolution, so a little encouragement can go a long way. The workshop focused on identifying your motivation style and using it to your benefit.

“Each person has something different that motivates them,” said workshop instructor and Student Services Coordinator Sharon Rosinski. “Every person will have a different desire to change.”

According to author Marcia Conner, there are three main motivational styles. Identifying your style can help you stick with your resolution and achieve long-term goals. Conner outlines the three styles as:

1. Goal-Oriented

You probably reach for your goals through a direct and obvious route. This might lead you to a reference book, your computer, or to call an expert–whatever means are available. You usually prefer meeting in person when it’s the most effective method and don’t find learning, itself, much fun.  

2. Relationship-Oriented

You take part in learning mainly for social content. When you meet and interact with people, you learn things along the way. You may not like working independently or focusing on topics because that doesn’t give you the interactivity you crave.

3. Learning-Oriented

The practice of learning, itself, drives you. You search for knowledge because learning delights you and you may become frustrated by anything that requires you to spend more time following procedures than on actual learning.

Learning what motivates you will go a long way to turning a resolution into a habit. It will also help to set a realistic and tangible goal.

“In order to keep a goal, it needs to be detailed and measurable,” added Rosinski. “It’s important to renew your goal every day.”  

Copyright Marcia L. Conner, 1993-2008. All rights reserved.
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