It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and optimistic energy of the new year and make resolutions that you may not be able to keep. Now that we're well into January, it's time to take a look back and see where you are with those resolutions.
How serious have you been about accomplishing these goals and have you taken any steps toward achieving them? If the answer is no, then you may need to reassess those goals.
Whether your resolution is to improve your health, lifestyle, or to accomplish something you've always dreamed of, there are some steps you can take to make those resolutions really happen. It begins with taking a moment to really examine yourself and figure out why you want to accomplish these things.
Once you figure that part out, you can move forward with some concrete ways to accomplish your goals in the new year.
1. Take a good look at your goal.
Writing down your goal is a good first step, but you'll want to go even further by visualizing it in detail. This could mean creating a vision board with magazine clippings, words, and other images that represent your resolution.
If a collaged board isn't your thing, using a site like Pinterest will do the same job of organizing images that represent your aspirations. Collecting quotes that pertain to your goal or sitting quietly every day and feeling what it would be like to reach your goal will accomplish the same thing. Soon enough, that resolution won't seem so far out of reach.
2. Share your goal with friends and other supporters.
Rally up support from your peers by sharing what you aim to accomplish. This can be done over a social network, in a blog post, or simply by word of mouth.
Sharing your goal with others will motivate you more and will help you feel supported if things ever get tough. This type of sharing also makes you accountable to all your friends. If you slack off at all, it will only be embarrassing for you because your social network will know. This provides an odd sort of motivation that actually works.
3. Break your goal into smaller goals.
This is a very good tactic for accomplishing a big, life changing resolution. These kind of goals are especially daunting and are often eventually abandoned.
To prevent yourself from getting burned out too quickly, break up your goal into a series of smaller, more manageable goals. That way you can take small steps toward accomplishing something big.
Soon enough you'll find that you're closer to achieving something big than you've ever been before. Each small goal takes you closer to the finish line. Think of this tactic as making a realistic plan for making something really happen.
4. Mark your calendar.
Another good strategy for accomplishing a goal is to make a timeline for it. This could mean marking your calendar with the dates you'd like to accomplish steps toward your resolution, or picking a date for the final finish line.
This will not only help you stay on track, it will give you something to look forward to and keep you motivated.
5. Stay realistic.
This is an important step that many of us tend to overlook. Remember that you are just a human and that mistakes and failure are normal parts of self growth.
These setbacks are often what ultimately help us grow and become better people. Making sure your goals are attainable is something you'll need to do before getting started. Letting yourself fail or give up is perfectly okay too. Look at it as an opportunity for growth.