Tips to make new year’s resolutions a success
It’s that time of year!
The New Year, New You movement that always happens on January 1 when people across the globe come together to make resolutions that most likely failed the previous one, with hopes they will stick with them this time around. If this sounds anything like you, then keep reading because I’m sharing my top tips to make New Year’s resolutions a success!
You might be surprised to know, but I never make resolutions. A few years ago I came to the realization that every time I was waking up on the first day of January, I was inevitably setting myself up for failure. The reason is the same as how we look at dieting and losing weight. It becomes the ‘I will start my diet next Monday’ which leads us to binge on everything in sight leading up to the start date. If you’ve ever tried a diet you know this approach doesn’t work and the same goes for resolutions.
So how does one go about making a difference and actually seeing the results you want this year? Simple! By changing up the way you write your resolutions.
What do you want to achieve this year?
This morning, January 1, 2019 I laid in bed with my coffee and began journaling. Each day I do a gratitude list, write down what I intend to do that will make that day AMAZING and a desire/intention list (this happens more so by the week). I realized that by doing this each day and week, I’m more likely to set myself up for success by the pure nature of writing down my goals and doing them on a daily basis. This is why normal resolutions fail. We say things like “this is the year I will get in shape!” or “I’m going to learn finances,” yet neither of these are actionable. They are generalized statements which of course are going to lead down the rabbit hole of not succeeding.
If you’ve read this far then I know you are ready to learn my tips to make New Year’s resolutions a success!
Make your New Year’s resolutions successful
- Create your desires list. This is going to be all the things you want to be, achieve, do, see, experience. Then write down all your intentions, these will be more of the actionable items that you’d like to achieve.
- Set your action plan. Break it down by goal and create a timeline for each month.
- Understand the emotions behind your goals. If you are doing something because you want significance or validation, it’s less likely to be achieved than if you do it based on serving or helping others.
- Make it fun. Write the things that you can do for each goal to make it playful, fun, and that you actually enjoy doing it each day.
- Find an accountability partner. Set targets for each other and create check-ins to make sure they happen.
- Do a weekly check in. Are you on track towards your larger goals? Is there anything you didn’t do that you can do the following week?
- Do a daily check in. Write down what you are grateful for, things that went well, what you can do better tomorrow.
- Start a check list. Once you break down your goals and create timelines for them, make it simple to cross things off each day or week.
- Create a smiley face journal. This one might sound silly but it’s proven to work because it gives our brain validation. Draw a box with all 7 days in it, M-F and your goal to the left. If you do your goal that day give yourself a smiley face, if you don’t a sad face.
I hope that you find these tips to make New Year’s resolutions really work helpful! I’ve also created a page that you can download and write your goals and intentions in. I’ve also written about feeling fulfilled and created another sheet HERE. It’s a great place to start to understand where you are in life and where you want to go.
To give you some ideas for #1-4, here were my answers from the last box on the sheet:
- Create my goals on paper, decide monthly targets (realistically), write down action steps for top 3 goals.
- Decide my priority for #1,2,3 goals (and why they are in that order), which ones I have direct control over vs not, which are solo projects, which can I delegate or need someone, and where I’ll have fun.
- Create monthly calendar with timeframes, add each intention in respect to the month I want it done by, create timeline.
- Do scan/checklist of: am I meditating, sleeping, eating well? Reflect on what exactly did or didn’t happen and was there anything I could have changed (or that I didn’t do that I should have).
I hope that you love this post, as it’s one near to my heart as I’m sharing what has worked for me in the past and ways I set myself up for success. I know if you do what I’ve mentioned above you will see the results you want!
I’d love to know what your desires and intentions are for 2019! Share them below to make your intentions a reality.