As you are vacuuming up the pine needles, and planning for the anticipated, late night filled with glitter and champagne…you are liking racking your brain for to come up with the inevitable New Year’s resolution. Your typical list looks something like this: lose weight, hit the gym, eat more salad, save money, call Dad more, floss, etc. But it never fails, or rather, it always does. Why is it that you find yourself making the same resolutions year after year? Likely, you tend to be overly ambitious, vague and unintentional with your New Year “goal.” But don’t sweat it, you are not alone. Many of us all do the same thing! So how can you avoid the defeat this year? Check out the list of 6 tasks to help you keep your resolutions for 2017.
1. Pick 1 Thing – Too often people will set a HUGE goal for themselves, it’s like a giant mountain in the distance, and after 2 weeks the peak still seems SO far away! You don’t have to change your entire life in the month of January. Instead pick 1 thing and focus on that. You will be much more successful. Achieving one goal will motivate and empower you and when you hit that one goal, set another and another. You can still climb the mountain, just one step at a time. Remember you have 12 months to make a better you happen in 2017.
2. Select A Start Date – If you are headed out for a late night on December 31, January 1st probably isn’t the best time to start. Check your calendar, make a plan and block off the time. I get it, you get busy, and things happen, but your resolution was created to make a better you. Just like you make an appointment to go to the doctor, your appointment for your goals need to be scheduled, planned and put into action.
3. Write It Down – Writing down your goal will increase your chances of achieving it. Even better…tell someone that will help hold you accountable. One step further, put your goal sheet where you can see it! Looking at your goals daily will remind you to say YES to the choices that will propel you forward and NO to the things that hold you back. All of this makes it real. You wrote it down, you see it, you say it, now you need to achieve it!
4. Break It Up – Break up your activities for success day by day and week by week. Think of it as a handful of “mini goals.” Maybe your goal is to lose 10 pounds – break it up and say “this week I will go to the gym 3 times” or “I will take the stairs every day.” By achieving the smaller goals, you will feel empowered to continue.
5. Go For It – All said and done, you just have to do it! You can plan all you want, but you have to get out there and DO something.
6. Reward Yourself – And don’t feel guilty about it.