It’s that time of year again. The time of year when we make a list of things we want to do to better ourselves in the next year and hardly ever actually follow through. Until this year, I’ve been a bit of a New Years Resolution scrooge. I hadn’t had a New Years Resolution since my junior year of high school when I decided to stop letting people walk all over me. I lost a friend doing this, but it made me such a happier person. After that I chose not to set goals and instead just go where life took me… and life took me no where. This year I’m going to do things a little different.
Use past experiences
The easiest way to come up with New Years Resolutions is to look back on your highlight reel and your blooper reel. While this may seem tedious at first, it will show you what you did right this year and where you feel you may need some improvement. While I was doing this, I realized I have not been living a healthy life which will probably lead to me needing a kick in the butt later on in life. This led to me basing most of my New Years Resolutions on my physical and mental health.
For the best chance of getting your goals to stick, set SMART goals.
S– Specific; Obviously this means make goals specific. In doing this you ask the five W’s. Who, what, when, where, why. This gives your goals more depth and meaning.
M– Measurable; Have an end goal. Instead of saying “lose weight”, make it a goal to “lose twenty pounds”.
A– Attainable; This comes down to your goals being realistic. If your goal is to take over the world or own a small island off the coast of Australia, you’re in for a disappointment (in most cases anyway).
R– Relevant; The biggest question of “relevant” is timing. Is this the right time for you? Does this goal relate to your life? Do you really care?
T– Time-based; Set an end date to have completed your goal by whether it’s a week from now, a month from now, or five years from now.
After making your goals, what’s next?
Studies done at New York University have shown that telling people your goals actually makes you LESS likely to succeed. This is because when someone encourages you to accomplish your goal, you feel so satisfied by their praise you don’t feel the need to actually accomplish your goal to feel satisfied. I know personally, I am driven by fear of failure so announcing my goals actually makes me feel more of a need to do what I set out to do. So go do some self-evaluation again and decide which way works better for you, and if you are like me and need to tell someone then FOLLOW THROUGH. The biggest thing to do after setting a goal is to work EVERY DAY to achieve them. And I’m serious when I say EVERY DAY. If you’re not working for it every day, it is very easy to get off track and stop working for your goals all together.
Best of luck on your New Years Resolutions. Happy New Years from me to you!
Since I am a person fueled by fear or failure, without further ado, my seven resolutions for 2017:
*all of my goals being for the year 2017 making my end date a year*
- Do morning pages every day
- Work out at least twice a week
- At least one blog post a week
- Be more open to new things
- Stop Apologizing. Say “Thank you for…” instead of “I’m sorry
- Drink lemon water every morning
- Practice mindfulness. Meditate 5 times a week.