New Years Resolutions

Dated: 12/08/2018

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Are you making a resolution for 2018?

Warning: More than half of all resolutions fail, but this year, they don’t have to be yours. Think of any possible resolution you might make and then twist it to your lifestyle.

A lot of these resolutions fail because they’re not the right resolutions. And a resolution may be wrong for one of three main reasons: 

  • It’s a resolution created based on what someone else (or society) is telling you to change. 

  • It’s too vague. 

  • You don’t have a realistic plan for achieving your resolution. 

Be Specific - Your resolution should be absolutely clear. “Making a concrete goal is really important rather than just vaguely saying ‘I want to lose weight.’ You want to have a goal: How much weight do you want to lose and at what time interval?” “Five pounds in the next two months — that’s going to be more effective.” 

Make it achievable - This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life — and both you and your friends and family flail. So, for example, resolving to save enough money to retire in five years when you’re 30 years old is probably not realistic, but saving an extra $100 a month may be

Be Relevant - Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? “If you do it out of the sense of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion in that moment, it doesn’t usually last long,” “But if you build up a process where you’re thinking harder about what’s good for you, you’re changing the structure of your life, you’re bringing people into your life who will reinforce that resolution, then I think you have a fighting chance.” Create Your Plan - Your end goal won’t just magically appear. Here are ways to figure out how to get there. 

Make it Personal - There will be times when you will say, I’ll make a mess of things and I’m just going to start again tomorrow. Don’t berate yourself, focus on what you’re doing good for yourself rather than what mistake you made. No one’s perfect, and your quest for your resolution won’t be either. But you can get back on track.

Ask yourself: 

  • What do you want?

  • What would the ideal outcome be?

  • What will your life look like when you hit your goal? You know yourself, What will try to stop you? What has sidelined you before? 

  • Plan: How will you get around it? 

Find a Community - You don’t need to do it alone, especially if your resolution starts in the new year when you’ll have plenty of company in trying to make a life change. 

Love yourself and make the change you won't regret it!

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