The Secret to New Year’s Resolution Success

Wednesday, we asked our Facebook fans and twitter followers what some of their New Year’s resolutions were.  We received a lot of great responses, and several were even similar to each other.

@IndyBethG   tweeted that she wanted to,
“To go to an Indians game at least once this season.”

@IUHoosier00 tweeted that he wanted to,
“Go to more tribe games. Can’t wait to see Starling Marte in 2012!”

On Facebook, Steven commented that he wanted to,
“Go to more Indians games at Victory Field.”

and Facebook John mentioned that he wanted to,
“To see more than one game… that is all we did last year.”

Since there were so many resolutions that were similar in nature, we’ll use these as examples for the sure-fire, no-fail recipe to New Year’s Resolution success.

Make sure your goals are SMART.

Obviously it’s a smart idea to come to more Indians games in 2012, but specifically make sure your goal is S.M.A.R.T – specific, measurable, accountable, realistic and timely.  These are all guidelines that will help you to make sure you achieve your resolution.

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Specific – Make your goal specific.  Rather than, “Go to more tribe games,” consider being more specific and include how many games you mean by “more.”  A better goal might be, “Attend five Indians games.”  @IndyBethG’s goal is specific in her goal to attend at least one game this season.

Measurable – Work to establish a plan for measuring your goals.  If your goal is to attend multiple games at Victory Field, consider an Indians Mini-Plan and track your ticket usage and enjoy the benefits of being a ticket plan holder.   We have 5-, 7-, 14-, 21- and Half Season Ticket Plans available, in addition to Full Season Ticket Plans.

With most Mini Plans you can even choose your own game dates with the new UPick Plan.  Choose the 7-, 14- or 21- games that you know you want to see.  Choose only weekend games or select the games for all the White Sox or Reds affiliates.  The choice is yours.

Accountable – Make yourself accountable for your goals by involving others.  It’s harder to flake out on a goal when you have friends who ask you about how your progress is going and they can encourage you when you’re falling behind.  Only attended one game by June? Your friends can help you look at the schedule and choose the remaining five games in July, August and September to achieve your goal.  They may even want to come with you to those games!

Realistic – Choose a goal that’s realistic for your lifestyle and schedule.  While you may want to attend all 72 home games in 2011, it may be hard to do if you work Saturday evenings.  Because Mini Plans are available in so many options, you can choose the plan and goal that best fits your summer schedule.  Not sure of your schedule until the day of? Consider a Flex Plan of 20- or 10- undated ticket vouchers that can be redeemed on any day, in any combination, for game tickets.  Purchasing the Flex Plan in advance provides you additional savings off the gate price.

Timely – Your goal should be time-specific.  If your resolution is to attend seven games, do you plan on attending on per month or three in June and two in July?  Choose the UPick Mini Plan and choose your seven games in advance so you already have the time-specific goal set.

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While we’d love your resolution to involve your being at the ballpark in 2012, these S.M.A.R.T goals can be applied to any New Year’s Resolution to make it more likely to stick.  So if your resolution is to finally eat 18 hot dogs in one game, these will help you shape that goal into something that only your stomach will fight you on.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2012!

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