It’s that time of year again when many people will start turning their attention to the New Year and, that dreaded word, resolutions. Many years ago I didn’t like making plans for the year ahead and I would dread anyone asking me what resolutions I had made for the New Year.
So I stopped making resolutions as I knew I would never keep up. I felt like it was a waste of time and I would always land back at square one. No better off than when I set out my plan in the first place.
A few years ago I decided to start making resolutions again as I felt in a better place in my life. Nowadays I have a few tips that help me stick to the plans I have made for the year ahead. The tips aren’t rocket science just common sense. So I thought I would share them with you.
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Firstly I don’t call them resolutions I now call them goals. Towards the end of the year I start to think about and write down what I want to achieve the following year. I make a list of goals that I feel are achievable. The word resolutions to me makes it feel like a chore. Whereas goals makes it feel like it’s fun and I want to spend time achieving them.
Next, as I mentioned above I like to make a list of what I want to achieve in the New Year. At the end of December I start to think about what I would like to do in the New Year and how I’m going to achieve those goals. Then I write it down in a place I will be able to find it. So last year I bought a dairy and I wrote them down in the front of it. That way I can easily remind myself of my goals for this year. I find when it’s written down it’s easier to remember and it’s a lot easier to stay on top of the goals.
If you fall off the wagon then don’t worry about it, pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and start all over again. There are times when I don’t feel like reaching for my goals or I feel like I have failed. What I have learned is that it’s OK to feel like that. As my Yoga teacher would say, ‘You are a perfectly imperfect human being.’ So I try not to worry about feeling like a failure, I now know these feelings will pass.
My fourth tip is to reward yourself occasionally. When I’ve been successful and completed a goal or I have been working hard at one I will treat myself. It doesn’t have to be expensive or a luxury item. Occasionally I will simply have a nice hot bath or foot soak or I’ll treat myself to a new moisturiser or a new bag or item for my wardrobe. I find this a brilliant way to motivate myself and it helps to keep my eyes on the prize.
The final tip that I find really helpful is to set one large goal and then 5 or 6 smaller goals that are achievable. I can’t claim this as my own idea however, my lovely friend Amy @blossomyourbrand recently made an instagram post about how to build a business. It was all about setting goals for your business but I feel this is transferable information. As I mentioned, Amy suggested setting one large goal for your business and then 5 or 6 smaller goals. For me, making smaller goals makes me feel like I have made achievements throughout my year even if I don’t hit the one large goal. It doesn’t cause me to crash and burn but helps me to continue to strive for my goals, even the big one.
So that’s how I help myself to stick to my goals for a New Year. I have to be honest, my one big goal I wanted to achieve last year has rolled over onto this years list. The smaller goals I have achieved and this has made me even more determined to achieve the one big goal. So I think these tips for me have been very helpful and I hope you find them helpful too. I wish you health and happiness this New Year. Happy New Year and here’s to 2020!