Traditionally, a new year embarks a new beginning, a fresh start, and for some, even a clean slate. We make notes, either mentally or physically, of resolutions we want to accomplish. Oftentimes, you may have had a lack of follow through on a few prior resolutions. I think it would be fair to say that we all have. Unfortunately, when we struggle with keeping promises to ourselves, we end up retreating to the cocoons of our old habits. Nevertheless, it is always worth it to trying to better oneself (and learn from our previous actions). With the new year knocking on your door, we wanted to help you get prepared with resolutions.
1: WRITING YOUR GOALS DOWN AS CONSTANT REMINDERS
Writing down resolutions not only sharpens your senses to recollect your resolutions but having them documented will serve as a stowed reminder for you to review periodically. It is advisable to keep your list in a spot where you can see them regularly and recommit. With today’s technology, one way to maintain that would be to put a photo of your resolutions as your computer’s screensaver or wallpaper. This would allow your goals to be viewed as your vision for 2022.
2: CREATING A SET OF GOALS FOR EACH ASPECT OF LIFE
In our everyday lives, such as work, home, and other hobbies – we tend to have a set of priorities that we tackle differently. Thus, goals should be set for different areas of your life with priorities. That way, you are bound to see a positive influence in every different aspect you focus on. For me I have three sets of goals: business, personal/health, and marriage goals. All three are extremely important to me and I want to make sure that I focus on these areas.
3. SET REALISTIC GOALS WITHIN YOUR LIMITS
Although there are many different areas in life where we may want to improve, from health to fitness to finances, it is wise to keep in mind that you will have to take your goals at a steady pace, one at a time. In addition, you should make sure that any resolutions you make are ones you can not only keep for a year, but hopefully help you jump start new healthy habits. Therefore, instead of making big goals, try framing your objectives as smaller goals that can be achieved in a reasonable amount of time.
4. MAKE MEASURABLE GOALS
To keep your New Year’s resolutions, you need to be able to see that you’re on the correct path regularly. Setting goals that can be measured repeatedly over short periods is the most remarkable approach to accomplish. For instance, instead of having a generic role as “I’ll make more time for my family,” to something more calculated and measurable. Something within the lines of “I will sit at the table with my family for dinner at least three days in a week” is a good start. For my marriage goals, instead of saying “I will spend more time with my husband”, I focus on “we will go on a date night once a month” or “we will go on a vacation once a year”.
5. MAKE SOMEONE A PART OF YOUR GOALS
Human beings are social creatures, we thrive on numbers. One of the reasons why New Year’s resolutions can be tedious to fulfill is that we tend to take the journey alone. Having someone, you value to help you be accountable can be the motivational factor you needed but never knew. Teaming up with a friend, family member, or spouse can not only make accomplishing the task easier but also undeniably fun.
When making resolutions for the New Year, you can do an infinite number of things. New Year’s resolutions should not add more stress to your life so be sure to set strong, realistic, goals that are achievable and will allow for betterment of your life.