New Year’s Day is right around the corner. Do you have New Year’s resolutions all set and ready to go on January first? Check this out to learn how to make your New Year’s resolutions work.
Which Resolution Group Are You In?
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I’ve noticed people seem to fit into one of two groups.
First-group folks either say, “Screw it, I’m not setting resolutions”. Some say it’s stupid to make resolutions and I’ve heard others say it’s not worth setting yourself up for failure.
Second-group folks make some great resolutions for the new year. Some have a huge list, while others might have just a couple things they really want changed in their lives. Out of this group, I see people who’ve talked about their New Year’s resolutions for the past 3 months or more! Yet, some come up with their list within just a few days of Christmas.
Out of both these groups, I can’t tell you one is right and the other is wrong. What I can tell you is, studies have shown the majority of people who make resolutions for the new year have given up on their planned changes by February 1st.
What Are New Year’s Resolutions About?
Almost all New Year’s resolutions are about some kind of change in a person’s life. Well, change doesn’t just “happen to us” – at least not positive change.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I hope next year is better than this year”. The only way this next year will be better is by us making it better.
Sure, we get lucky and have good things happen from time to time, but if you really want positive change in your life, it requires a carefully thought out plan. And you can begin ANY time you want. New Year’s Day is popular for people but each year has 365 days to start fresh if things don’t go the way we want today.
I’m not saying to forget the ideas you have for change & improvement in the new year, but rather to encourage you to do it in a way that works. Here’s how.
Step by Step…
Do this for each resolution. Write down a clearly defined goal of what you want to change. Is it giving up a bad habit? Learning a new skill? Improving the quality of a relationship? Traveling more? Paying-off debt? Whatever your goal, break it down and define it by using at least a paragraph of writing. Yes, write it down somewhere so you can refer to it daily.
Next, plan out the steps it will take to reach the goal you just wrote about. If you want to break a bad habit, you’ll need to replace it with a positive habit. When developing a new, positive habit, keep it on your daily task list and DO IT each & every day for at least a month. Trying to eat better? Make sure you have the right foods stocked up before you start. Do you want to read more books? Then you probably should have a few purchased or borrowed and ready wherever you like to read. You want to exercise more? Better schedule it in to your week, each week – and then don’t let anything else fill those slots in your schedule. If you don’t have a written schedule, it might be a good goal to begin creating one.
It’s fine to have great big goals as long as you also create a realistic plan to get from where you are today, to achieving those goals. If you find the plan isn’t working as you go, modify the plan and keep going forward. If you miss a day, pick up where you left off tomorrow! Don’t wait until next New Year’s Day.
Simple Formula For Change
Remember, any kind of positive change will require:
* A defined goal
* A clear plan
* Your commitment
* Consistent effort.
Stick to this really basic formula and be committed to yourself. Don’t just hope for a better year, make it a better year.
Happy New Year!