Sunday, December 29, 2013

5 Tips for Creating a Solid New Year's Resolution

Let's face it, we all make promises to ourselves that we don't keep.  Especially around this time of year in the form of a New Year's Resolution. Ugh... the dreadful resolution. A goal or series of goals we ordain ourselves to no matter how dedicated or undedicated we actually may be at the moment of declaration.  But why?  Is it just another unexplained tradition that the masses follow or is it because we have an innate desire to improve ourselves?... Or both?... Maybe neither?  Regardless, here are 5 no BS tips to help you create a solid New Year's Resolution that is sure to up your chances of success when you follow them.

Make It Something You Really Want
I know this seems like a given, but often times I think we all get so caught up in what we think we should be doing or what others think we should be doing instead of solely focusing in on what it is that we truly want. Chances are, if you really want it you will have a lot more motivation and desire to achieve it and make it a reality for you. Ask yourself: "What do I really want?".

Be Specific
The more detailed you are about your goal(s) the more accurately you can begin to execute the necessary tasks and plans you set forth to achieve them. Think of it like this, if someone sent you on an errand to go get the perfect sweater and all they said to you was "Go get me the perfect sweater"... you wouldn't even know where to begin.  It's the same thing with our brains and subconscious level of thinking/  Don't just say "I want to make a lot of money"... declare the exact amount you want to make and the exact time frame you want to make it by.  Don't just say "I want to get in shape"... describe exactly how in shape you want to be and what you want to change... do you want to build muscle? Tone up? Slim down? Bulk up? Gain weight? Lose weight?  How will you do it? Yoga? Pilates? Running? Circuit Training? Everything?  Do yourself a favor and get the description of that proverbial perfect sweater.  

Create a Plan, Set Realistic Expectations, Allow Room for Mistakes
No matter how many goals you set for the New Year... whether it's one or twenty goals or more, you must have a plan to achieve them, be realistic about your approach, and allow room for mistakes.  Now that you know exactly what you want to achieve... it's time to start thinking about how you will go about doing so.  Let's say you really want to get promoted at work and you want to do it in the next 6 months with a $10,000 raise.  That's a very specific goal, but how will it be achieved?  Perhaps write down a few things you can do to make sure the odds are more in your favor, for example: Network with key people at work, sign up to take on more projects, complete necessary company trainings.  Be realistic about your approach by knowing what you can handle, understanding your work ethic, and of course understanding your company's promotion policy to make sure you are even a candidate for a promotion as well as typical pay increase ranges.  Knowing these things can also help you tailor your goal description.  If you notice midway through  that your plan execution isn't working... don't be afraid to change it.  Leave room for mistakes, but don't accept failure... just find a new way. Even if it means extending the goal from 6 months to a year.

So Let It Be Written, So Let It Be Done!
Now that you know exactly what you want and how you plan to achieve it... Write it down!  & don't wait too long either... write down your goals and plans as soon as they come to you. This is a very crucial step in setting any goal or declaration.  This is the first step to physically manifesting your goals. It also serves as an awesome reference tool and guide/outline of your goals so you can always remember and track exactly what you intend to accomplish.  Sometimes it is very easy to forget our goals once the initial emotion of excitement wears off.  By writing it down, we will forever capture the excitement and original intent behind our goals and have a written out roadmap to achieve them.

Visualize and Recite
See it. Believe it. Achieve it. Once all your goals and plans are written down, it is very beneficial to take some time each day to actually see yourself achieving them.  Whether it's right when you wake up, on your ride to work, right before you go to sleep, or while you're in the shower... take some time to visualize yourself as the new successful you.  Recite your goals every day so that they are ingrained in your mind.  It's difficult to remember what you're supposed to do..if you allow room to forget.  Visualize and Recite... every day.  See it, feel it, and be it...until you ARE it.


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