Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions each year and fair to actually achieve them by December 31st. For 2019, don’t be another statistic and actually follow through with your New Year’s goals! Many start to lose interest or focus on their resolutions as the months fly by. Then the following year, they make the exact same resolutions only to fail once again. So if you want to realize your resolutions for the New Year, here are some easy steps to follow:
Prepare your mind for change
Changing or braking old habits isn’t easy. So as you make your resolutions for the year, you’ll want go to mentally prepare for any upcoming changes you plan to make. Preparing your mind will help you stay focused and motivated so that you can make the necessary changes needed to achieve your goals. Step back and think about what goals you had last year and why you failed to achieve them. Then create new ones for the year and envision yourself on the last day of the year with a goal list that has everything checked off and completed. Experience that happiness and joy and then put that positivity toward achieving those goals this year. By associating that feeling of accomplishment toward your goals, you’ll be more willing to actually follow through with them to make that vision a reality!
Set goals that motivate you
When setting goals, make sure that they motivate you personally. Don’t have goals that other people have or made you have. When you aren’t motivated, you won’t follow through with them. Make sure that the goal you set is important for you and only you. This will help you stay motivated later on in the year as you start to lose focus on your resolutions for the year.
Don’t have too many resolutions
When creating your resolutions for the year, it’s best if you don’t go overboard and create too many. Limit them to a manageable amount so that you’re more willing to achieve them. Making too many resolutions might make it difficult to stay focused on all of them and you’ll end up not reaching them by the end of the year. Create a list of resolutions and then choose three of them to focus on for 2019 and then give them your all! It’s better to tackle just one big resolution instead of failing at achieving five of them.
Break up your goals into smaller ones
To make your goals more manageable, break up bigger ones into smaller goals. This makes them more achievable. Bu creating a plan of action on how you’ll tackle that larger goal, you’re setting yourself up for success. Create a list of sub-tasks and prioritize them. Then have a milestone date for each task and once you’re done with one small goal, focus on the next one until you’ve finally reached the big goal!
Write your goals down
Documenting your goals is important to helping you keep them. There’s something about making them real once you commit them to paper. It’s as if they’re no longer an idea, but now a plan of action. Writing down your goals for the year makes them real and thus a sort of contract with yourself. Plus, goals are easily forgotten throughout the year, so cementing them in writing helps you to not forget them. It also helps you clarify what you want to achieve. Your written goals will also propel you forward when you hit an obstacle in your journey to achieving your New Year’s resolutions. You can write your goals in a journey, email them to yourself or even better – print them and place them to a wall or mirror you frequent regularly so that you always see them!
Get back on track
We’re all human and sometimes we fail. But instead of disregarding your resolutions, get right back on track the minute you fall off! Setbacks can easily happen, but just because you hit a roadblock doesn’t mean you should give up on your goals entirely. Instead, realize where you failed and then move on and continue on your journey.