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10 tips to make your New Year’s resolution a success

News - Wednesday, 6th January, 2016

ROI Solutions at Preston’s College is passionate about training and development but more importantly we want to work with you to support the achievement of individual and organisational objectives for 2016.

We found a nice article about goal setting from NHS choices that we thought we’d share with you.

Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less – but only one in 10 of us will achieve our goal.

Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based.

His team found that those who failed tended not to have a plan, which made their resolution soon feel like a mountain to climb.

“Many of the most successful techniques involve making a plan and helping yourself stick to it,” says Prof Wiseman

Top 10 goal-setting tips

Prof Wiseman’s top 10 tips to achieving your New Year’s resolution:

  1. Make only one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.

  2. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution and instead take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.

  3. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.

  4. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.

  5. Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.

  6. Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’re more likely to get support and want to avoid failure.

  7. Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals by creating a checklist of how life would be better once you obtain your aim.

  8. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, thus maintaining motivation and a sense of progress.

  9. Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.

  10. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.

We hope you found this article useful! We have a number of courses starting from January onwards to support career and continuing professional development. Below are just a few examples of courses starting in 2016!

Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
Ideal for Senior Managers and Business Owners working at Strategic Level

ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management
Ideal for individuals who have management responsibilities with no formal training

Digital Marketing for Practitioners
An intensive two days focused on developing clear and measurable digital strategies for your business or organisation.

Social Media Strategy
Ideal for those looking to understand which social media tools will support your marketing objectives and how to use them.

Further courses and information is available at or you can call us on 01772 225577.

Happy New Year from all at ROI Solutions

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