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What have the past 365 days brought, taught, taken away, and categorically shattered for you? With a new year it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned from our past and what we hope to change moving forward. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to make a small promise that might make a big difference in your life, and to your well-being. Regardless of how big or small your resolution, you are committing to the goal of improving your life in the coming year.
Whether you want to call your mom more often, take a course that has always interested you, spend more time with the people you love, or travel to the farthest reaches of the planet, it’s always a great idea to set a goal. So here are my TOP 5 steps to stay accountable for your New year’s resolutions.
1. “Never to make a resolution which won’t be as important on the eighth of April or the 10th of July as it is on the first of January.” –Cary Grant
The latter quote speaks to the fact that your resolutions should be something that you can continuously work towards and aim for as the energy of the new year waxes and wanes. Choosing something that you can see as important by the years halfway mark will help to ensure it is something you will stick with. Choose things that represent all aspects of your life from career, family, friends, finances, home and happiness. Throughout the year you may have to refine the goal and that’s ok.
2. Is It Real?
There’s nothing wrong with using the first of the year to set new goals and figure out what you want to change in hopes of fully realizing and living your best life. However, don’t get in over your head expecting that you’ll wake up a completely different person on the first of the year, and magically start doing things you’ve avoided for the past 20+ years. Create goals that mean something to you but also be practical about what you can achieve in one year. Make sure you make small edits as necessary.
3. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Resolutions can be momentous occasions that call upon our wildest dreams and aspirations to come into fruition. Having a goal requires taking baby steps to build up momentum, courage, and tenacity to keep moving forward. Those baby steps should be specific and small-scale. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule a specific number of days per week that you will go to the gym. Also, there are bound to be some bumps in the road along the way and for that reason you should consider back up plans. If you can’t make it to the gym to meet your exercise goal for the week, figure out what can you do at home to make-up for it and stay on task and on target.
4. Stay Accountable.
It’s the whole theme of the article but this can’t be emphasized enough. After you’ve created your resolution and planned out the steps you’ll take to get there, but now you need to measure and keep track of it. Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers who all want to quit smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.
Don’t forget to think about how much you have accomplished over the past year and celebrate how far you’ve come. Every time you know you’re working towards your resolutions, don’t downplay it. Whether that means giving yourself a pat on the back, doing a mini victory dance, treating yourself to your favorite meal , or simply drinking a well deserved glass of Moscato – toot your own horn a little. You’ll be surprised and inspired by yourself to continue living out your resolution.
Cheers to you for even taking a step to make the resolutions and making sure you’re committing to something that will last you throughout 2018. Those are my TOP 5 steps to stay accountable for your New year’s resolutions. Which do you think will be most important for you going into 2018? Which one hadn’t you considered before reading this? Are there any steps that you think should be added? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s chat!