How are you at this time of the year?
This is the time of the year when we recharge and take stock of exactly where we are at, in the big scheme of our lives.
Answer these 4 simple questions out loud:
- What was, or what were, my main goals this year? Have I reached them?
- Am I carrying anything forward in 2020?Am I starting anything fresh in 2020?
- Do I want to learn new skills, or master new habits, in my career, health and relations?
- Do I need new resources, such as a certified Coach, and/or a Consultant, to move me forward faster?
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Taking some time to think about our situation is very helpful to clarify our vision and set powerful and effective Resolutions for the new year.
Do you know what they are? Have you ever written down your goals for the coming year?
The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is why it’s important to create New Year’s Resolutions.
A new year often feels like a fresh start, a great opportunity to eliminate bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, or intellectually.
So, what can you do to make your Resolutions Powerful, Effectives andAchievable?
- Choose a Specific, Realistic Goal.
Focus on something more concrete that you can realistically set your sights on. For example, you might commit to losing 10 pounds or running a mini-marathon. Choosing a concrete, achievable goal also gives you the opportunity to plan exactly how you are going to accomplish your goal over the course of the year.
- Pick Just One Resolution at a time.
Taking on too much all at once can be daunting. It can be particularly difficult too because establishing new behavioural patterns takes time.
- Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute.
Planning is an essential part of achieving any goal. You can start by writing down your goal, making a list of things you might do to achieve that goal, and noting any obstacles that might stand in your way. By knowing exactly what you want to accomplish and the difficulties you might face, you’ll be better prepared to stick to your resolution and overcome potential struggles.
- Start With Small Steps.
Taking on too much is a common reason why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail. While it may seem like a slow start, these small changes make it easier to stick to your new habits and increase the likelihood of long-term success.
- Avoid Repeating Past Failures.
Another strategy for keeping your New Year’s Resolution is to not make the exact same resolution year after year.
- Remember That Change Is a Process.
Those unhealthy habits that you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so how can you expect to change them in just a matter of days, weeks, or months? It may take longer than you would like to achieve your goals, but remember that this is not a race to the finish.
- Get Support From Your Friends and Family.
Explain what your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal.
- Renew Your Motivation.
During the first days of a New Year’s Resolution, you will probably feel confident and highly motivated to reach your goal.
- Keep Working on Your Goals.
By February, many people have lost that initial spark of motivation that they felt immediately after making their New Year’s Resolution. Keep that inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after facing setbacks. If your current approach is not working, reevaluate your strategies and develop a new plan.
- Don’t Let Small Stumbles Bring You Down.
If you suddenly relapse into a bad habit, don’t view it as a failure. The path toward your goal is not a straight one, and there are always going to be challenges. Instead, view relapses as learning opportunities.
If you are keeping a resolution journal, write down important information about when the relapse occurred and what might have triggered it.
By understanding the challenges you face, you will be better prepared to deal with them in the future.