So You Want to Make a Resolution?

new_year_resolutions_goals_list_0Last year my resolution was to read a book every month. I was SO good at this until June 2012. I swear it’s because of the long term commitment to the resolution.

I’m currently celebrating my fourth year since deciding to make a resolution to become healthy. It is always a great reminder of what a resolution can be. If you are interested or even thinking lightly about a resolution, I highly recommend it.

So..if you are thinking about creating a resolution here are tips on starting out.

Be Realistic

Be realistic about your resolutions. Remember creating a goal is about completing the goal as well. I recommend creating a goal which could have small achievements tagged to it. Just like companies have quarterly goals and annual goals, think of yourself as a company and create goals to achieve the annual goal.

Make a Plan

Just like any project, plan, schedule, appointment, goal, note, etc. you need a plan on HOW you will succeed with your resolution. It sounds cheesy, but writing down the objective and HOW you are going to do it will only take a few minutes.

Tell 5 people

Tell 5 people you care about and stick to it. Give them your plan too if you feel comfortable. These people should not be pushy people but people who will ask you about your goal once in a while…again, another reminder for you.

The Fridge is your friend.

Putting your plan up somewhere you will see it daily will always remind you of your goal. I recommend the fridge because every day you open your fridge. like “Make a Plan” it could be a small piece of paper with just a reminder of your goals, but it’s written down…just like a contract or task which needs to be completed.

Be patient

Resolutions just don’t happen. If you want to learn spanish, it’s going to take more than a day. If you want to lose 2 pounds…give it a week. Being patient with yourself is HARD but critical to the success of your resolution.

Reward yourself

Starting a resolution and sticking to it is admirable. It’s important to understand that there are thousands of people who don’t make resolutions because they are afraid to fail. Kudos to you for starting a resolution and continuing with it. Having faith in yourself is a key attribute to self awareness.

Good luck!

-J

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