Sticking To Your New Year Resolutions
With the New Year, it’s custom to set a New Years resolution;. There are many ways to set resolutions, and I thought it would help to shed some insight to help you reach your goals.
There are a few crucial components to setting goals in a way that mandate success; first, they must be feasible, then one must create a short and long term plan to tackle their mission at hand. Goals must be feasible. It doesn’t make sense setting goals that you’re simply not capable of accomplishing, and if you do you will set yourself up for a blow to your self-esteem. Set goals that are attainable, but also push yourself in the process. The trick is to set them in a way that is completely attainable if you do the necessary work to get that far. This will help keep you motivated and on the path towards your personal success.
The next trick is to create a plan of action. How will you accomplish your goal? What does that look like? What are the steps you need to take to make your resolution a reality? Figure out what the first step is and start there. If you can, write out a plan that lists out each step and what you need to do to complete each step. If you need to seek out further information, go seek it out, and if you don’t know where to get that information then find someone who has made it to where you want to go and see how they got there. Long term resolutions can seem daunting, so it’s essential to look at the steps you need to take to get the ball rolling first.
It’s ok to start slow. Rushing into a dramatic change can actually take away from its lasting effects. Often times people get burnt out on a new diet or a new workout regime because they go to the extreme in the beginning and didn’t allow themselves to adjust to the change. Take the first month to transition into the change, start building good habits in this time period that carry on with you for an extended period of time. If you take the first month, or even the first two to build these habits, you actually have a higher probability of initiating a change that has a lasting effect.
With long term goals, it’s important to visualize what they look like. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of not actually taking into account what that change and/or goal really looks like. Take the time to visualize and imagine what this really looks like. From here you will be more in tune with the steps you need to take, and much more in tune with how this will actually look, and even if you really want it to look this way.
Set an intention for your resolution. Thematize your resolution(s) in such a way that don’t put them all on the map. By doing this you give yourself a better chance at completing your resolution by simply being focused. If you set the intention to build upon your spirituality, then make resolutions that fall in line with this intention. Within this or any other intention, you can create and build upon certain lifestyle choices that aid you in reaching your intention. By picking resolutions that are unrelated, someone sets themselves up for failure because they rob themselves from a focused change.
Setting goals and resolutions isn’t something that has to only be done on the first of each year, and in fact, I encourage you to set them as often as you can. Tackle each resolution one at a time until you become the person you want to be, and then set a few more. By continuing to push ourselves we nurture our personal growth by pushing ourselves to move forward, one step at a time, each day year after year.