2016 will be my year! New Year! New Me! This year, I’m going to . . . lose weight, exercise more, stop eating junk food, save more money, read 20 books, take a class, etc., etc. — sound familiar? In all the excitement of shiny dresses, dapper jackets, bright lights and flowing bubbly, we reflect. We reflect on the good and bad times. We remember all of the changes that occurred the previous year, and we vow to change for the better through one of our most revered traditions – New Year’s Resolutions.

Let’s be real – does anyone keep a resolution these days? Everyone creates them for different reasons, but one thing is clear: resolutions are hard and we often overestimate our ability to follow through with minimal planning.

Why 2016 will be different

This year instead of the normal, “I’ll try my best, but don’t plan” approach, try implementing this three part action plan. Apply directly to your New Year’s Resolutions for best results.

Purpose

Identify why this resolution is important. What is the purpose or motivation behind the resolution? Is it merely for outward praise and appearance, or is it fueled by real desires that will push for success when everything else says “Give up.” Purpose is what will separate the successful from those who quit when it becomes tough.

 Education

Become educated around your new craft through diligent studying and relentless effort. With more and more online mentors creating content for the taking, learning your craft has never been more accessible. Take your time whether it is a physical, mental, spiritual or financial resolution. It took time to “learn” old habits. Just the same, it will take time to learn how to be successful.

Consistency

Be consistent in creating actionable goals. This is typically the most challenging and most revealing action behind success and failure. It’s hard to get up and go to the gym at 5 a.m. It’s hard to save that extra $50 when you haven’t gone out on the town in a while. It’s hard to find 15 minutes in a day to work on that new computer skill. Consistency is hard, but it is always worth it.

To 2016, Cheers!