Steps on How to Keep to Your New Year’s Resolutions
5 Steps Towards Your New Year’s Resolutions
It is that time of year! A brand new spankin’ year! Perfect to great goals, start achieving dreams, and more.
BUT, how often do you find “Resolution burn out” by February or March? And every year you promise yourself it won’t happen again? This year is the year you will fulfill your goals?
I want THIS year to be THIS year!
Of course, it won’t be easy – if it was easy, everyone will do it! But with these helpful steps and a persistent mindset, you will be able to keep to your New Year’s resolutions!
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Pick One Major (and Specific) Goal with Measurable Results
One of the biggest New Year’s resolutions is “lose weight.” This goal is admirable and has a lot of health benefits – physical and mental! It is amazing what a walk around the block will do for your productivity!
BUT, what measurable result will come from “lose weight?”
Is 5 pounds enough? 10 pounds? 1 pound? Then, how long do you have to reach this? Is loosing 5 pounds in a month your goal? Or 20 pounds in a year?
Rather than have a vague goal, make it specific with a timeline and then write it down – everywhere.
Grab Some Post-It’s
Write down your specific goal on post-it’s and put them everywhere:
- Bathroom mirror
- On the fridge
- By the front door
- Near the car radio
Seeing your goal written down often will help you focus on it rather than push it aside. In a way, these little post-it notes will keep you accountable.
Plus, any visitors you have at your home can also help keep you accountable.
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Set Limited Amount of Goals
One way people get “resolution burn out” is because they have too many goals they want to work on.
Try to pick one or two this year – keeping them specific. As an added bonus, if the 2 goals are connected, it can help you keep on task.
“I want to lose 10 pounds in 6 months” and “I want to run a half-marathon after 6 months.”
While you are training for the half-marathon, you will, no doubt, lose the 10 pounds. And, the half-marathon gives you a pretty set deadline that you can’t miss.
Another example that is not exercise focus could be:
“I want to read a book a month” and “I want to join an organization to meet new people.”
The second goal isn’t quite so specific; however, you can join a BOOK CLUB and achieve your “book a month” goal as well as meeting new people.
Time Planning is Key
As I already mentioned, having deadlines or a timeline is essential. I have mentioned time planning numerous times throughout my blog articles and newsletter freebies. (If you haven’t signed up for free exclusive content – do so now!)
Take a sheet of paper – any scrap or notepad sheet – and write your specific goal on top.
Then, write when you would like to achieve this goal. Underneath that, create 10 (or however many) steps to achieve that goal.
For example, with my half-marathon example:
- I want to run a half-marathon after 6 months.
- I will start with 1 mile runs and every 2 weeks add another mile until reaching 13 miles (a little over the half).
- I will run every other day: date, date, date, etc.
- These are the dates (to be extra specific) and the mile count: Date – X, Date – X, etc.
- This is the name of the half-marathon I want to do: XYZ
- I need to sign up for the half on this date
Boom! Your to-do list is done!
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Set Time in Your Calendar
Once you have your list, I want you to go into your calendar (either paper or app) and schedule time in on those dates you listed.
I highly recommend color-coding your calendar and ensuring your activities are programmed as “busy” so no one can disturb you.
Give Yourself Treats and Congratulate Yourself
I am a big fan of self-rewards! For example, when you run a 5K, do a spa day! Or, go see a movie at the theater! Do something that rewards you. And then, do the same for a 10K! Any and all little steps completed, get a reward!
AND, don’t forget to go back to your list and check those steps off! You can even write “success” or “achieved” next to it.
I suggest this because, when you have those days of feeling “meh,” you can look back and realize how much you HAVE accomplished. You are killing it!
Adapt When Needed
If you find something isn’t working for you, feel free to change it. You do not have to keep to the schedule you set at the beginning. Chances are, when you did your initial list, you might not have known how your life will actually be with this goal.
If you have marked that you want to run every Monday, but realize that Tuesdays are better – change it to Tuesday!
Again, you do NOT need to be committed to the schedule. Be committed to the goal and the steps, but not the schedule.
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