It feels like everyone is setting goals just in time for the New Year, but it turns out most people never achieve their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, arecent study found that only 8% of people who make resolutions actually hit their goals!With that in mind, here’s a method we recommendwhen trying to reach our goals:

•Start with a big, compelling goal written down with a completion date.•Then, break it down into smaller, more manageable (or believable) parts that can be measured or ‘supporting goals’ that also have completion dates. Main goals are usually two to five years in length and supporting goals are more like a few weeks or a few months.

•Tell someone who will be supportive and someone you can trust what your goal is and ask him or her to not only be encouraging but to hold you accountable. This helps because, when the going gets tough (as we all know it will) that is the time when help from parents, friends and mentors counts the most.

•Give yourself some reward for achieving those supporting goals. The idea is to measure progress and to make it as fun as possible. The more compelling the goal is, and the more fun the rewards are, the more likely you will succeed