It's that time of year again! The time where we all sit down to reflect on the past year, go over the lessons we learned, and figure out how to make the upcoming year even better than the last. For some, a new year means a new start, but for others, it means the end of a chapter. What doesn't change is the hope and goals everyone has for the future.
Here are 5 steps to carrying out your New Years resolution all year:
1. Be Realistic:
There's nothing wrong with dreaming big when it comes to setting your resolutions. The problem is sometimes our eyes might see ahead too far. When creating a layout of how you want your year to be, it is important to be realistic about what you want your achievements to be. Choosing to cut out meat or go cold turkey on sweets will o only heighten those cravings causing a temptation you might not be able to turn down. Try cutting back on some of the habits you want to change and you should be able to stay on the right path.
2. Write your resolutions down your resolutions:
We all know the saying by Greg Reid that says "a dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” The truth of the matter is we all have ideas in our heads but they become real when we can see them. Writing down your goals is a great way to remember them and also to-do lists are very motivating.
3. Celebrate the small wins:
The best way to stick to your resolutions is to be proud of the strides you make in your journey of change. Want to make sure you put your clothes in the hamper instead of on the floor? Reward yourself with a piece of chocolate at the end of the week for completing this task. Celebrating the small wins helps make it easier to get the big win.
4. Stay Positive:
A positive outlook can help keep you grounded even in the midst of the times you slip back. It’s difficult to make changes to your life but focusing on the negative side will only discourage you. Direct your energy towards the positives to make them happen.
5. Be Intentional:
Being intentional means having the ability to see specific results in the future that, if you achieve them, will make things bigger and better for yourself, your business, and your life. Having an intentional focus is a way of thinking about your business and life that’s committed, purposeful, and deliberate. Your intentions are the reasons behind any goal set. Move with intention and you are bound to succeed.