In saying that, we are all a little guilty of setting our resolutions only to forget about them by Australia Day. So I thought I would help my fellow goal setters out by listing some kick-ass New Year’s resolutions tips so that you can actually see them through:
1 | Forget resolutions and set a theme.
Instead of saying “I am going to work out a trillion hours a day”, say “This year my focus is going to be well being.”
All decisions you make have to be working towards improving your wellbeing. Even if that just means you remember to have a glass of warm lemon water that week, at least you have remembered to take a step towards a happier, healthier you.
This has a flow on effect because if you set the expectation too high and fall short your ego and motivation takes a hit. But if you use a theme you are constantly motivated to make those incremental decisions that work towards your goal and not away.
2 | Make your resolutions routine early on
I will preach the importance of routine for as long as I live. If you dedicate January to forming your resolutions into your daily/weekly routine then you will be far more likely to stick to, like brushing your teeth.
Plus you will feel the positive effects almost immediately if it is entrenched in your routine and notice the negative impact if you forget. I don’t know about you but if I forget to brush my teeth I know about it. Just as if I forget to have my morning coffee everyone knows about it.
3 | Join a community
There are so many communities out there with like-minded people all moving towards the same goals. Take advantage of them! By becoming part of a community you will not only enjoy it more and be more motivated, but there will also be that level of accountability that solo-projects just don’t have.
4 | Publicly set those intentions
Harness the power and social pressure of social media by setting your intentions publicly. Again, this is a great way to motivate you while also holding you accountable.
Pro tip: if you really want to be held accountable set up a hashtag and promise to check back in weekly. For example, if my goal was to pay off my debt I could make the hashtag #CarlyMakesDebtGoneAgain. Have fun with it! And don’t forget working away on your personal resolutions is a great opportunity to educate, motivate and inspire other people through your experiences.
5 | Break the year (or your goal) down into manageable chunks
If you just know that you won’t be able to do something for an entire 12 months break it up. As silly as it sounds it is important to remember that 12 months is a long ass time.
This year I set the goal not to purchase any clothing (including socks and jocks) for 12 months. But quickly learned that 12 months is a long time to keep momentum. Instead, I altered my resolution saying that I would not make a single purchase for 6 months and then only purposefully and consciously consume for the following 6 months. That was a far more achievable goal for me personally, especially when I made the transfer from hospitality to 9-5, and needed new clothes to go with it. Added bonus: this goal had a flow on effect and helped me with my financial goals #DoubleWin
Have you put any thought into your New Year’s Resolutions? What do you want to focus on in 2018?
Thank you so much for reading,