It’s okay to make New Year’s Resolutions, but that’s not the final step to making changes in your life. Not that you didn’t already know, but I’ll say it – Change is HARD.
You might know what you want to do, but the self-control and motivation to make and stick to the change may not be there. I don’t know what this list is, but I made it to help anyone trying to make a change.
1. Make your resolution a SMART goal – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. Instead of saying you want to lose weight or be healthier, make a resolution to lose 10 pounds in 2 months or switch to eating whole grain wheat bread. Vague goals may not be enough, specific goals help identify the target and make it easier to get to as well as recognize when you reach it.
2. Evaluate your plan and progress – one of the reasons we don’t hold to our resolutions is because the method we chose originally didn’t work or didn’t work for us and we never took the time to analyze what happened. Staying with the example of resolving to lose 10 pounds in 2 months, perhaps you tried one workout program and found it was too much for you. If you evaluated your plan and recognized the DVD series you purchased didn’t work for you, you might try another instead. Perhaps your goal could be reached through portion control and using a pedometer. If you evaluate your progress, you might find the need to add more intensity to your efforts or reasons to pat yourself on the back.
3. Remind yourself – if you don’t have your resolution posted somewhere to remind you, you’ll forget. With the best of intentions, you might forget what you set out to do. Life is distracting, problems are deterring, and the positive things you want to do for yourself could be forgotten in the midst of it all. Post your resolution on the wall, share it with encouraging friends, and hopefully that will help.
4. Start again – If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Evaluate what you did, consider what you could change to accomplish your goal, and start again. Don’t wait for the next New Year, don’t wait for the first of the month, don’t wait for Monday, start again right then.
The New Year is seen as a time to make a new start. For some reason, we decide January 1st will be the first step to reaching a goal or changing our lives. But oftentimes, we don’t follow through, we give up and then wait for the next New Year. Let’s stop this cycle.
I hope this helps someone.
Happy New Year!
by Angelique Grey