I’m great at making them – I haven’t always been great at keeping them. Every year, I faithfully set my goals for the next twelve months. In the past, around January 15th I’ve either failed miserably and given up or completely forgotten what it was I resolved to do in the first place.
Last year was the first year that I really had success at keeping resolutions. The change didn’t come from me suddenly developing amazingly strong willpower, but from being intentional about my goals and how I was going to achieve them. These steps weren’t difficult, but they helped me to remember my goals and motivated me to keep my resolutions. I’d like to share them so you can have more success in the new year.
Put it in writing! Write down exactly what it is you want to accomplish in the new year. Then, make sure you put that list somewhere you’ll see it every day. Tape it to your bathroom mirror, stick it to the fridge, or post it at your desk. Having a constant reminder of your goals will keep you focused and help you make better choices.
Look for positive people who will hold you accountable and keep you encouraged. Find someone who has similar goals, and check in with them regularly to see how you’re both progressing. I blogged about my resolutions before so I’d have the support from my readers and friends to keep me in check. I’ve found I make much better decisions when I realize that I’ll have to explain them to others!
We set resolutions because we want to achieve a desired result: weight loss, an organized home, business success, personal growth. Find visual representations of what you want to achieve, get out the glue and poster board, and make something that shows you what it is you want to achieve. When you’re struggling or discouraged, you can pull this out to remind you of what you’re working toward. You could even post it with your written resolutions if you need a daily reminder.
You’re going to have some failures. You’ll sleep in instead of going to the gym. You’ll let the house become a mess again. You’ll turn on the television instead of picking up a book. Don’t let minor failures derail you for the rest of the year. When you fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. The only true failure comes when you completely give up.
Change isn’t easy, but if you’re intentional about setting goals and keeping them, this can be your year of success!