It’s that time again. The time where we make New Year’s Resolutions only to be derailed before summer even begins or for some of us by next week. Well, since 2019, I have had the most success with New Year’s Resolutions, and I am going to share with you how you can too!
1st- Decide what you want to accomplish.
Do you want to get healthier? Read more books? Travel more? These are all reasonable and pretty popular New Year’s Resolutions, but they only matter if they matter to you. So, take some time and put some thought into what really matters to you. What do you want to accomplish?
2nd- Write it down!
Make a list of all the goals you want to achieve this year. Yep, I want you to grab a pen and some paper and physically write your goals down. Make the list! Even if you want to add it to notes on your phone. Write it down.
3rd- Make sure your New Year’s Resolutions are realistic.
It is wonderful to dream, and I encourage you to dream big. If your dream happens to be a little too big to achieve in one year, break it down into smaller goals or steps. What can you achieve this year to get you one step closer to achieving your dream?
4th- Are they measurable?
If you say you want to read more books. Wonderful! How many books do you want to read? If you want to eat healthier what does that mean? Figure out how you can measure your goal. Are you increasing or decreasing something? Are you completing a specific project? Is it a certain feeling you want to achieve? Identify what will change so you can measure your success.
5th- Put your list somewhere you can view it daily!
If your New Year’s Resolution is to work out more and you decide you are going to work out 3 days per week, add it to your calendar and set it to repeat. Keep your goals top of mind and be sure to do one thing towards achieving your goal each and every day.
6th- Evaluate your success
Decide for yourself how often you will evaluate your success, but give yourself adequate time for your plan to work. For example, if you have a personal goal to lose weight, DO NOT step on the scale every single day or even week as an evaluation tool. Your weight will fluctuate daily even when you are doing everything exactly right. Instead, weigh yourself and take all of your measurements on day one, and then check in every 90 days by weighing yourself and taking your physical measurements. If you want to track something daily, track what actions you are taking to achieve your goal. How many times did you work out this week? What did you eat? How were you feeling?
Even the best-laid plans can evolve over time. Oftentimes we might have an idea of what we want and we start working towards that goal and somewhere during that process, you learn something or a new opportunity presents itself. Keep in mind that goals are meant to help us achieve what we want, but your definition of what success looks like might be different and can evolve over time. Let’s look at the goal of losing weight again. The person who was focused on a particular number of pounds might discover the number on the scale isn’t as important as they thought and might decide that having an increase in self-confidence is more important. So their goal might evolve from losing X number of pounds to feeling happier and more confident to which they would develop a more personal rubric to measure their success.
Share your journey
Depending on your New Year’s Resolution it may or may not be easy to achieve, but by having a plan you are a huge step closer to achieving it. Try to find someone you can share your journey with to help keep you accountable. The first year I did this, my best friend was my accountability partner. We would check in with each other and see how we were doing towards checking our boxes to achieve our goals. You can learn more about what we did, here. Who is that person for you? Maybe it’s a friend, family member, coworker, or even a personal trainer. Share this post with them, maybe it will help them achieve their New Year’s resolutions too. If you would like to connect please feel free to connect with me through one of my channels that you can find at https://linktr.ee/shannonsmock.