New Years Resolutions – Do you make them? Or do you think they’re a waste of time?
I have mixed feelings when it comes to new years resolutions. I don’t believe that we need to wait for a designated day to make a positive change in our life, and I don’t like the pressure of having to make a life-changing resolution on a particular day either.
However, it often is a kick in a*se that some of us need to face up to what we really want to achieve. I know in my case, this is very true and the last few years I have found that my biggest goals, are the ones which frighten me the most because they tend to carry the biggest risk of failure.
Despite this, I’ve sat down ever New Year’s Eve for the past 3 years and wrote down very clear goals for the year. By clear I mean specific, often with a deadline I hope to achieve the goal by. Focusing my attention this way has helped me achieve nearly every single goal I set myself last year – I’m not joking. I don’t know if it is the sheer subconscious determination that has helped me achieve my goals, or whether it is the power of attraction (i.e. what you believe, you will receive etc) but it is enough proof to me that you can achieve almost anything you put your mind to.
Here are my few nuggets of knowledge when it comes to making New Years Resolutions (and sticking to them):
- If you’re thinking about your goals for the new year. Try to be really clear with yourself. Don’t just scribble down something generic and vague like “get healthy” or “get fit”. Narrow down your goal to something easy to focus your attention on and easy to track like aiming to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day, or sleeping 7-8 hours a night.
- Write down your goal in a diary, journal, the notes on your phone, or in an email and send it to yourself. This will help you to commit to your goal and also have a reference to come back to in a few months time.
- I’m all for shooting for the stars and seeing where you land, but you do want your goals to be somewhat realistic. If you think those goals are not grandiose enough for a New Years resolution, you can always expand them a couple of months down the line or make a new set of goals halfway through the year.
- As a final note, be patient and if you don’t fully achieve your goal by the time you expected to, don’t give up. When things go wrong we often doubt ourselves and get disheartened. The easiest option is to just give up and abandon the goal completely. One minor setback is not a failure – don’t forget, every setback is an opportunity for a comeback!