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Setting Achievable Resolutions
Ready to set achievable New Years resolutions? You’re in the right place. Follow these five easy steps to a successful year!
It never fails that around this time of year, we all start looking for our big New Years resolutions. You know, the huge ones that set up for failure? Like, lose an elephant worth of weight, save a million dollars, and travel the world. Those probably aren’t attainable or ideal for 95% of the population. So check yourself.
I bet you didn’t know that setting resolutions for the new year is a practice that can be traced as far back as 4000 years. The Babylonians would crown the King or reaffirm their loyalties, and promises to pay back any debts. I’m not sure if that is neat, or sad that we haven’t figured out shit out in 4000 years…
Let’s set ourselves up for the best outcome in 2018 and crush our goals!
1. Brainstorm New Resolutions
Brainstorming all your wishes and goals can help you find your main focus for the year. Identifying common starting points, end goals, or areas of your life can help you pinpoint where your most chance of successful resolutions will be. Something you are passionate about.
I prefer a good old-fashioned brainstorming bubble chart, or a mind-map if you will. Some may prefer to jot down in list form, in doodles, there is no wrong way. As long as you freely write down your thoughts and aspects of your life you are on the right track. Start by identifying the areas of your life you would like to set goals for. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Got them? Good! Now here is where we get down and dirty.
Stop. Elaborate and list ’em. What do you wish for each of these areas? Do you wish your home was cleaner? To grow your savings account or reduce your debt? Lose weight? Jot down at least three wishes for each category you have chosen – we are starting to narrow our focus!
2. Choose New Years Resolutions That Support Each Other
If you want to truly be successful with your New Years resolutions, choose ones that will support each other. If you set a goal to travel four times as well as get out of debt, I hate to burst your bubble, but it is not likely those will both be achieved.
Let’s say a couple of my main goals are to grow my savings and to lose weight. Those can go hand-in-hand to support each other. The greater the support, the greater the outcome. In this case, it may be as easy as eating out less or meal planning.
Take a look at your list and pick your top three goals that can support each other. You can choose more or less, but I find three a good number!
3. Make Them S.M.A.R.T
S.M.A.R.T is the “who, what, when, where, and why” of setting resolutions and goals. Apply each of these to every single goal you set and you are more likely to succeed
4. Write Them Down
Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals and New Years resolutions if you write them down on a regular basis? Write them in your house, in your planner, as reminders in your phone…anywhere you look often!
I forget what I had for breakfast, so the extra reminder is a must. Hold yourself accountable and do not let this slip to the back of your mind. Creatures of habit, my friends.
5. Monthly Review
Take a few moments at the end of each month to check in with yourself. How are you doing? Did you have any shortcomings? Are you on track? What is working and what isn’t?
Setting your goals and jumping on the New Years resolution train at the beginning of the year isn’t enough. You need to be conscious of where you are at and continuously work towards your goals. Successful resolutions are not a “set and forget” type deal.
Identify what is working and make a plan to change what isn’t.