The new year always brings new challenges and opportunities and many seize the new year as their chance to make some long awaited changes in their lives.
We’re talking about New Year’s Resolutions of course!
But a shockingly low percentage of us actually stick to these resolutions and, by February, they’ve gone the way of the previous 12 months… they’re long gone!
So what can you do to make sure you not only choose the correct new year’s resolutions, but actually stick to them?
Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
Choose realistic goals
There might be some seriously big changes you want to make in your life over the next 12 months, but when deciding what actions you’re going to take to make this happen, be sure you aren’t going too over the top.
For example, chances are you’re not going to jump from Receptionist to company CEO overnight - you need to choose goals that you know you can achieve.
Whether it’s losing a little weight or taking up a new hobby, the goals you set should be reachable in a decent period of time.
Choose several short-term goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day and, chances are, you won’t be achieving all your goals in a single day either.
That’s why, rather than choosing one, giant, difficult-to-reach goal, you could start off by setting yourself lots of little short-term goals to get the ball rolling.
Aim to have cleared all the clutter from your bedroom within the next week, or maybe get the living room painted and redecorated before the month is out.
These are smaller, more manageable targets and can help create and maintain the drive and the will to execute some of your bigger new year resolution plans.
Now, speaking of motivation…
Get friends & family to keep you motivated
A goal is the easiest thing in the world to cast aside if it’s left to us to carry the whole burden.
Why? Because if we don’t tell anybody what our goals are, nobody is any the wiser when we fail.
Getting your family and friends in on the job is a great way to not only keep yourself motivated but to offer you some external support to use when you motivation is at its lowest. And this will happen!
Then, if you don’t want to feel like you’re letting everybody else down (or at the very least making yourself look a little silly) you’ll plough onward and achieve anything you put your mind to next year.
Keep a planner
Things become a heck of a lot more real when they’re down on paper.
Which is why keeping a planner for your New Year goals is a great idea.
Not only can you keep track of what you’ve still got left to do, but you can set yourself specific time limits to get certain tasks completed towards achiveing your ultimate New Year goal.
Plus, leaving your planner out in full view (on your desk or on a coffee table at home) is a sure-fire way to make sure your goals stay at the forefront of your mind and you don't begin to stray away from them.