It’s a fresh year, which means a fresh start for any goal you desire to achieve. However, while I’m a true believer of “you can achieve anything you set your mind to”, we’re almost all guilty of setting New Years resolutions only to see them go out the window, and out of our minds, a couple weeks later. This is the year to set a personal resolution and actually stick with it. Use these tips to help you maintain your resolution throughout the year, and achieve your goal by 2011.
Dream big: While many people will tell you to keep it simple, I recommend making a resolution bigger than you expect to achieve. Dream big, as big as you possibly can. You may not necessarily reach your full goal, but you also won’t have any restrictions that will keep you from striving towards what you really want to achieve. And if you put all your energy towards your dream, you may surprise yourself in what you’re actually capable of doing. By 2011, your dream may not end up being just a dream after all.
Write it down: Put your intended resolution word for word on paper. Stick it on the fridge, your bathroom mirror, your desk, anywhere where you will see it daily. This will serve as a constant reminder of your goals set in January 1st, keeping them fresh in your mind all the way till December 31st. You won’t have have to try to search through all the clutter in the back of your mind that has built up after a month in order to find your resolution. Just take a look in the mirror, and it will already be clearly displayed for you.
Make markers: While I advocate dreaming big, you should try to break your resolution down into simple, feasible steps. Even if these steps don’t add up to your ultimate dream by the end of the year, you will at least be well on your way to achieving your goal. Achieving these markers each month makes your goal more manageable and provides motivation for you to stick with your goal till the end of the year.
Track your progress: While you don’t necessarily need to post your progress on your mirror/fridge (all though this can be helpful), you should write down the progress you are making towards your resolution at least once per month. Purchase a journal and devote its space towards writing down your progress. Look back through these pages each time you add a written entry, or even before you do so. The entries serve as a source of inspiration, as it’s truly encouraging to look back and see how far you’ve brought yourself since January 1st. If you find you haven’t come that far, use it as motivation to get your butt working.
Be Human- Everyone goofs up: If you slip up and do something in opposition to your resolution, know that it’s okay. Resolutions are a way to work towards something healthy. These goals are often challenging yet needed, which is why they are worth striving towards. However, everyone makes mistakes. Feeling too guilty after a slip-up will place yourself under unneeded stress, turning your healthy resolution into an unhealthy process. If you goof up one day, just pay extra attention to getting yourself back on track the next day. Let your slip-up go, and start fresh.
Follow these tips and you should be able to finally achieve your New Year’s resolution. Good luck, and don’t give up. I know you can do it!