New Years is the time when many of us set goals, that we are really hoping will change our lives for the better. The big secret for most people is not setting the awesome goal… it is following through with the steps that it takes to accomplish the goal.
If you have a habit of setting resolutions at the beginning of the year and then abandoning them a few days later, now is your chance to try something different.
Imagine how the course of your life could change for the better if you followed through on your resolutions until you achieved your goals!
Change Your Thinking , Change your Life
It’s very possible to overcome your habit of giving up on New Year’s resolutions with a few basic tips. Above all else, avoid regarding your resolutions as something to aspire to and then forgetting them when they no longer seem pertinent or interesting. New Year’s resolutions or really any really big goal can be extremely enriching and self-improving if you find a way to maintain them throughout the year.
Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions and BIG Goals:
Make a commitment. You must be willing to make a strong commitment to change in order for your resolutions to be successful. Believe that you can, and will, accomplish what you set out to do. If you give yourself unwavering support, then you’ll bolster that belief and achieve what you seek.
Choose a Goal that you genuinely want to achieve. Make positive goals and focus on the positive aspects of achieving them. Set up a support system, it can be a partner, it can be a friend, it can be an online group, your support system can help hold you accountable. Plan ahead rather than choosing your goals at the very last moment. The longer you spend planning and preparing, the better the results will be.
Have realistic expectations. Continued motivation is the key to achieving your goals. If you set the bar too high, then you also set yourself up for failure, which can be profoundly de-motivating for you. Aim realistically, rather than too high. Give yourself a challenge, but not so much of a challenge that you end up setting yourself up for inevitable failure.
Write down your goals. When you put your goals into writing, you make them real. You put your commitment down on paper. Put your goals where you can see them, in written form, so you won’t forget what you’re setting out to achieve this year.
Plan out your goals. Articulating what you intend to achieve this year is a big part, but planning how to achieve them is a completely different story. Write down a plan for each resolution that you want to achieve rather than simply hoping for the best.
Give your goals flexibility. Not everything is going to work out exactly the way you planned, so be flexible in the goals that you set. Avoid allowing rigid goals to throw you off track if something doesn’t go quite how you planned it. Try to predict what challenges you may face, and create a contingency plan for those challenges just in case.
Just do it!
You can accomplish your goals if you do a little bit of planning and preparing ahead of time. The key is to be realistic about your goals and the challenges you may face in trying to achieve them. The more realistic and flexible you are, the more likely you’ll be to achieve your goals.