It’s that time of year when we all take stock of our lives and set some resolutions for the New Year. But according to research by the University of Hertfordshire most people will have abandoned theirs within a week of making them. With this in mind we’ve put together some top tips based on your personality traits to help you make and keep your resolutions.
Extravert or Introvert
Extravert: As someone who feeds off the energy of others you’ll be more likely to succeed if you tell others about your goals and enlist their help to keep you on track.
Introvert: You prefer to keep things on a one-to-one basis so you’d respond better by working alone or with one other person that you trust.
Tough Minded or Sensitive
Tough Minded: Identify and incorporate the logic for accomplishing your goal. You’re likely to prefer more down-to-earth approach so try and analyze the cause and effect of your resolutions.
Sensitive: Look at the “big picture” of your goal and think about how achieving it will make you feel as you’re more likely to react to emotional stimulus than hard facts.
Collaborative or Influential
Collaborative: Be aware that you might be thrown off track if your plans end up with you in conflict with others who don’t support your new initiatives. As you have an accommodating nature you may be more likely to be swayed by others’ wants, needs or opposition.
Influential: You might want to evaluate and adapt prescriptive plans set by others as you’re more likely to prefer to take charge of your own goals. If you feel you’ve had a hand in setting these goals, you may be more committed to them.
Structured or Flexible
Structured: You’ll prefer a more disciplined approach and so setting specific times for exercise or specific rules to follow will help you to succeed.
Flexible: Setting goals may just not be your thing. You may have greater success if you focus on the enjoyment or positive experiences you will have with new ways of doing things, rather than thinking that the goals themselves will motivate you.
Stable or Reactive
Stable: You’re more likely to remain calm under pressure so you may want to try and set yourself more challenging resolutions as you’ll rise to these just as well as easier ones.
Reactive: You might find dealing with challenges more stressful than most, so make sure you plan for anything that might get in the way of you achieving your goal, so that when problems do arise you aren’t thrown off course.
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