The end of the year is a precise moment to make a balance about all our achievements during these last twelve months. Also, it is the right time to be aware that, perhaps, some goals that we aimed were not made real.

But you are not alone on this. According to a study by Scranton University, in Pennsylvania, at least 40% of people give up their New Year’s resolutions before six months, and only between 8% or 12% will achieve them at the end of December.

I recently returned from an incredible experience at our annual event En Cuerpo y Alma, where we dedicated some time to set goals by a step-by-step method, but I noticed that the cause of failure is because we don’t know how to set up properly our objectives.

We are so disconnected from ourselves, living in automatic pilot mode, that we don’t count either with a structured plan, nor the right conditions, nor have we learned to modulate our desires and aspirations. That’s why I want to share with you some recommendations to set up a successful goal.

First, it must be concrete. We can’t go through life wanting something imprecise, that is not clear, that it could be anything because it is not specific.

As a second point, you must make your goals public. I already know that in our Latin culture there is a habit of not telling plans to anyone; but when we publicly commit ourselves to a goal, our environment conspires to help us achieve it, and keeps us alert when asked about progress.

A crucial aspect is to make them progressive. Posing small milestones or steps to achieve, on the way to final victory, allows us to see progress and motivates us to continue.

Finally, it is necessary to understand that success is for those who do not give up easily, as Louis Pasteur said: “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

According to a study by University College London, the brain needs 66 days to establish a new habit and make it automatic, without having to resort to willpower.

Consider these recommendations when you set your goals for 2019. I will be in my social networks to support you. Happy and prosperous new year!