When it comes to New Year, it’s traditionally the time to recap on your previous year and make plans for the year ahead. Frequently, those New Year resolutions will revolve around self improvement; what we’re giving up or implementing to better or improve ourselves.
Unfortunately though, the vast majority of New Year resolutions are forgotten within the first few weeks of the year, leaving us in the exactly the same position as we ended the previous year… so, how can you make those New Year resolutions stick past the first month of the year?
Write down your goal
The act of writing down your goals and plans cements them into your mind. It takes them from simple wishes and dreams and turns them into something you can refer to and remind yourself of.
Break goals down
Breaking down your goals into actionable steps will make them easier to implement – but it also gives you smaller things to aim for. Breaking down you goals will also enable you to be specific about what you want – as you can’t break down a goal that is really vague!
Decide WHY you want a “new you”
You have to be emotionally attached to your resolutions to truly connect with them. Ask yourself WHY you want a new you. What will changing this aspect of you MEAN for you? Imagine your desired end result and see how you look, act, feel and behave. What emotion is behind your desire?
Start implementing now
The real secret behind achieving a new you in 2015 is to start NOW. If you can’t start now – what are you waiting for? Are you waiting for the right time or the right finances? Maybe you’re not waiting, but looking to get things in the “right” order? This is just another form of waiting!
Stop waiting and delaying – start implementing now! Do what you can do now, with the circumstances and situations you are presently in. What small thing can you start implementing now, that will take you closer to the new you?
Pick a date
One of the biggest problems with New Year, new you resolutions, is the fact that they’re so flexible! We take “2015” as the end goal – and 365 days is just too long a timescale for what we want to achieve. Set a realistic timescale and date by which you’d like to achieve your desired result.
Follow the above steps and you’ll be ensuring an improved success rate with your New Year, new you resolutions.
Are your New Year resolutions related to business or pleasure? Have you established your first action steps? Why not share your intent and REALLY ramp up your determination and motivation – by sharing them in the comments box below?
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