New Year. New Resolutions. New You.
It’s a New Year and it’s time to let go of the old and welcome the new. New possibilities. New challenges. New commitments. New goals. You name it. You have a whole year ahead of you to take advantage of this figurative and literal fresh start. Time to say goodbye to excuses and hello to opportunities!
So where to start? Maybe you’ve been there, done that and didn’t accomplish everything you set out to. Resolutions can seem silly and maybe even a bit overwhelming but it’s all in how you tackle them. First off, it’s a good idea to reflect on the previous year – what worked, what didn’t work? What goals did you achieve, not achieve? Which ones do you still feel passionate about and which ones are a lost cause? An article on Huffingtonpost.com1 lists six tips to help you chart the course for success. For a more in-depth plan on each tip, click here. In the meantime, here is a quick summary to get you going:
- Set small attainable goals, not gigantic ones.
- Chart the course by taking a moment every day to reflect on your progress.
- Limit your resolutions to 10.
- Let go and let the universe take care of some of them for you.
- Focus on the feeling, not the action of your goals coming true.
- Keep it positive by focusing on what you will do, not on what you won’t do.
In the end, it all comes down to determination and being realistic. If you’re not determined about keeping your resolutions/goals and they’re not realistic, then you could be setting yourself up for failure. Remember tip one? Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD agrees. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” she says. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”1 And don’t forget to ask for support. Tell a close friend or spouse your goals and let them help hold you accountable.
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