It's the first post of the New Year! Time really slipped by this holiday season, I'm still kind of dazed by it all haha! Today I'd like to talk about resolutions. While I can't say I'm the poster child for keep ing my resolutions, achieving all my goals or knowing what it takes to do so; I do try to actively improve myself and thought I'd try to give some tips I've found online and somethings that have helped me in the past.
I read something recently that a fourth of the people who make resolutions for the new year give up the first week! This is soo crazy to me! So here are some tips to revamp your resolutions. Recreate them, make them better, and accomplish them!
Tip #1: Remember why you want these things to be your resolutions.
If you make resolutions you don't truly care about, you won't see it through. Think about realistic resolutions that are really things you want to change/improve upon. If you truly want it, you'll be much more likely to actually accomplish it.
Tip #2: Write it down!
The act of physically writing your resolution down makes it more concrete and real. It also helps to tell it to someone who will hold you accountable. But if that's not something you want it to do, simply writing it down will be similar. It will also help you clear your thoughts regarding the resolution.
"A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline." Harvey Mackay
Tip #3: Create an Action Plan.
The only way to achieve any sort of goal is to create a plan. What are the baby steps to reaching your goal? Be specific, realistic, and timely. Think about how you can gradually build up your steps to reach your goal. For example, if your goal is to "get in shape," first determine, what "in shape" means to you. Then figure out the step to achieve that. How often will you work out, when do you want to meet a milestone goal by? etc. Try to go in depth with your action plan so you're not left wondering if you even making any progress.
Tip #4: Create a routine.
Once you have an action plan set, work it into a routine. Routines have been proven to effectively help people achieve their goals. You won't get anywhere if you only do it (your resolution) once a month.
Tip #5: (If possible) Do it in the morning!
If you start your daily routine the first thing in the morning, imagine how motivated you're going to feel the rest of the day!! Fulfilling a step toward your goals first thing in the morning, you'll feel much more energized and ready for the rest of your day. Don't be surprised if you're actually much more productive in the rest of your day too!
Tip #6: Take it Day by Day.
I much prefer the term, "Daily Resolutions." While ultimately you want to make a change starting this new year off right, you're making a choice to change your day-to-day habits. "Daily" resolutions are also much less overwhelming to think about. If the first thing you think about in the morning is this big ultimate goal that seems unachievable, you're going to be much less likely to want to do it at all. Instead try to take it one day at a time. Wake up thinking about the one step you're going to take today in order to PROGRESS toward your goal.
Tip #7: Stay Positive.
At the end of the day, the only way you're going to achieve your resolutions/goals, is if you stay positive. Negative thoughts will only hold you back and keep you from giving it your all. Stay positive and keep trying! The only way you'll ever progress and improve is if you try! Daily affirmations can help too if you struggle with staying positive when things get tough.