Turn Your New Year’s Resolutions into Reality
1) make them positive. You’re more likely to accomplish your goals if you feel good about them, so define your New Year’s resolutions in the most positive way that you can. For example, instead of saying you want to lose weight or stop smoking; you may want to set a goal for treating your body with love, compassion and respect.
2) Make them measurable. It’s easier to stay on course and to keep your internal motivation when you have a clear vision of what progress looks like, so remember to define the mechanism that you’ll use for measuring how far you’ve come.
3) Build a plan. There’s an old saying that goes, “A dream without a plan is a wish.” This couldn’t be truer. By setting a New Year’s resolution, you choose what you want to happen; but you don’t put the vehicle into drive gear until you decide how you’re going to get there. Map out a precise plan that details how you want to achieve the goal in a way that both challenges and inspires you.
4) Factor in accountability. When you feel like throwing in the towel or putting off what needs to be done, it’s important to have someone there to hold you accountable. If you tend to be very self-disciplined, you can do this for yourself; however, most people find it extremely valuable to have an accountability partner. Make sure that the person you choose for this role is someone who will be understanding yet firm rather than overly pacifying when you come up with excuses for giving up.
5) Use checks and balances. Although New Year’s resolutions are set at the start of a new year, you don’t want to wait until the end of that year to see how well you’ve done. Your big goal is to turn your life around in the ways that matter to you, so choose several dates throughout the year to look for tiny increments of improvement. These dates will be your checkpoints. You’ll look to see how far you’ve come and to make any necessary adjustments to the plan. I wish you great joy and success in every day, hour and moment of 2016. Happy New Year!