It’s that time of the year! The New Year is a perfect time for a new beginning, we all get hopeful and excited about the things that we were delaying for “one day”… and now looks like a good time to make it happen.
But there were many New Years so far, and many resolutions that we haven’t achieved. Don’t let it happen again – the energy you have now, use it and make it last! We’re here to help you to make a New Year’s resolution (or a few of them) that you’ll actually achieve this time.
1. Link It with Your Core Values
Your own values are your most powerful motivator, and you should link your resolutions with them simply because you will always do more of what it is that you truly value.
Many people make their New Year resolution about losing weight and getting fitter. This is a great resolution, but if it’s linked to something you don’t value very much, you probably won’t achieve it so you should find a reason that resonates with you to link it with.
For example, if the obvious reasons – look and health – aren’t your priorities in life, you can link losing weight to things you actually care for: your family, for example. Becoming fitter will enable you to spend more quality time with them, and they will stop worrying about your health every time you reach for some unhealthy food.
2. Focus on One at a Time
There are 12 months in a year, or 4 seasons if that suits you more. If you make more than one big New Year’s resolutions, you should focus on one at a time instead of worrying about them all simultaneously – that will probably get you nowhere.
It’s much easier to tackle one thing for 30 or 120 days than to tackle several things for 365 days. This is especially suitable for resolutions that have to do with forming new habits (which is where most of us fail). Work on adopting the new habits one by one instead on adopting all of them at once – it will be much less stressful, and it will help you to actually get there.
3. Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Write down your resolution and have it near you most of the time. This is one of the simplest things you can do to to improve your chances of actually achieving your New Year resolution!
Write it down and keep it on your wall, at your desk and in your planner; you can even make a vision board or do it in any other form that will keep you motivated – a map, a list, a video (why not!).
This will help you to work your brain in a way that will help you to structure your thoughts. It’s one thing to have an idea about what you want, and it’s completely another thing to define it so that it accurately reflects your desire. You can change the wording or the images as you go (this is good, it will keep you focused).
4. Prepare to Take Action!
An obvious one, but so often overlooked. This is the hardest part for most people, but it doesn’t have to be for you. If you prepare things in your head, the reasons and the steps, you will practically do half of the work and be prepared to take action when the time comes.
Take a small step towards your New Year’s resolution every day and make it a habit – it’s much easier to do it step by step than expecting for everything to fall into place at once.