Here comes the new year, and with it usually comes the barrage of New Years Resolutions. Sometimes these ‘resolutions’ are made but then not fulfilled. Try another strategy.
Sit down for some New Year’s planning. Don’t call them resolutions, but goals. Setting your sights on what you want to achieve is like building a map to where you want to go. Don’t start a journey without knowing where you want to end up. Think about what has happened in the last year, and what you can do to make things better, or to grasp a dream that seems just beyond reach.
If you have a significant other, this is often a great time to plan the year together. Does it mean taking out your calendar and deciding when you want to go on vacation, and where? Does it mean taking a giant step and finding a job you enjoy? Maybe it’s loosing some weight, or getting fit, or stopping smoking. The first step is to decide you are going to achieve this goal.
Here are some tips
- Make sure your goal is realistic and attainable
- Give yourself a time line
- Break it into small steps if it’s a complex goal
- Write it down
- Write it down everywhere
- Stay positive
- Review your goals often
Sometimes it helps to share your goals with someone else. Someone who will support the decisions you have made, and not judge you. It helps to keep you accountable for reaching that goal. It’s okay to have more than one goal, in fact you might want to have a goal for every different area of your life. Just don’t overload yourself with too many.
Areas of your life might include
family, career, fitness, health, spiritual, charity, friends,
Leisure, myself, Creativity, home, financial
One plan is to make a list of all the goals you want to achieve, and then choose the top three. Those are the ones that you actively work on. Each day you ask yourself “what did I do today to reach my goal?”. You have to keep focus on what it is you want. When you complete one goal, you can refer to your list and see if there is another goal that you can accomplish.
Keep track of your goals. It is good for you to see your achievements. It will give you fuel to keep moving forward. Celebrate your achievements, and reward yourself!
If you don’t do the New Years Eve party thing then consider making this the time to review your year and plan the next year. Have some nice treats, or a glass of wine. Turn off the tv. Reflect and dream to come up with some plans for 2011.