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Bart Kloosterhuis - 02/11/2019

6 questions to achieve your New Year’s resolutions – BIG TIME!

New Year’s resolutions... you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em! I (Bart) am one of the people in the first group, especially since I (along with Lars and Liz - fellow co-founders of Vertellis) found a way to actually achieve my resolutions. Don’t worry -  I won’t leave you hanging! Keep reading to learn how to give your New Year’s resolutions a KICK-START and actually achieve the things you want in the coming year. 

What the research says... 🤓

So, right off the bat: Research says that sharing your resolutions with others increases your chances of succeeding by 65%. But I’ll do you one better... 

If you attach a specific condition to your resolution, such as a bet or sharing your progress publicly, your chances of success dramatically increase to - I kid you not - 95%!* Yep, you read that right.

I won’t make you read some long intro to prove my point (I know your time is valuable!). Instead, let’s get to the big question:

How can we use this data to help you achieve your resolutions?

First off, if you’re on the resolution bandwagon like I am, kudos to you for having resolutions. But, as I’m sure you know, simply making resolutions isn’t enough. Research shows that only 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions.**

But… it doesn’t have to be like that! If you share your resolutions with family, friends, or colleagues your chances of succeeding increase enormously! 

So, how do you go about doing that?

Step 1: First things first, write down the resolutions you’d like to make for the coming year. Get specific and don’t let self-doubt stop you from naming what you want - be honest!

Having trouble coming up with resolutions? I share six questions below to help you out!

Step 2: Now - divide your resolutions into categories such as: Family, friends, romantic relationships, work, and personal development.

Step 3: Think of a fun way to share these goals and resolutions in a group setting – and get creative! If you’d like, you can share your ‘family’ resolutions with family and ‘work’ resolutions with colleagues, but how you do this is ultimately up to you. (Keep reading to see how I personally go about this…)

The tool I use to share my resolutions

As co-founder of Vertellis, I designed a question card game: The Vertellis Holiday Edition. The purpose of this game? To create a feeling of belonging by reflecting on the past year together and to set goals and share dreams for the upcoming year.

Our mission: to share this game with as many people as possible. To keep it short and sweet, just like the intro, what started as a hand-made question card game went viral around the world in less than 3 years. We never could have expected this, or even hoped for this, but we are PROUD as can be!

To give you a leg up on your goals for next year, here are 6 powerful questions from the Holiday Edition designed to make you think about your New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Which good habits from the past year are you carrying with you into the next year?
  2. Which bad habit are you looking to get rid of?
  3. What are you about to do for the first time in your life?
  4. Who are you looking to give more attention to?
  5. What are you going to do that no one is expecting?
  6. What are you doing to ensure that the upcoming year will equal, or surpass, this one?

 If I piqued your interest, take a moment to learn more about the Holiday Edition. This is not an ‘average’ game. These thought-provoking questions are known to generate hugs, tears, and deeper connections. Meaningful conversations with the people who are important to you—that’s what the Vertellis Holiday Edition is all about.

And to touch back on the research conclusions I mentioned earlier: After playing Vertellis, you’ll boost your chances of achieving your goals in the new year from 8% to 65%.

Want to shoot for 95%? Make playing Vertellis a tradition within your home, family, or group of friends. Don’t discount your professional resolutions or dreams—play with colleagues! Help each other reach that 95% and strengthen your bond at the same time!

Whether you join thousands of others this Holiday season and play Vertellis or not…I wish you all the success in the world and a fantastic new year!

 

High five,

Bart 

 

Source:

https://medium.com/the-mission/the-accountability-effect-a-simple-way-to-achieve-your-goals-and-boost-your-performance-8a07c76ef53a

** https://nypost.com/2018/12/21/new-years-resolutions-last-exactly-this-long/

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