Get The Resolve for 2019

01/09/2019

 

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when you hit the reset button and get the inspiration to start things from scratch. Whatever it is you set your eyes on like losing weight or learning a new hobby, you’re dead sure you’ll be doing them for one year. But as the year goes on, the momentum you have right now just doesn’t stay with you. So here’s a list of things you need to prepare before even starting your New Year’s Resolution.

Choose the Right Resolution for You

According to Franklin Covey, the global leader in personal growth and transformation, one-third of resolutions don’t make it past the end of January. And, a lot of people fail because they didn’t make the right resolutions for themselves.

You’ll have better success when you choose a resolution that fits you, not one that’s shoved to you by a co-worker or a well-meaning relative. It should be SMART. We’ll get to that.

Make The Plan

Resolutions aren’t wishes that happen just because you uttered magical words into the universe. It has to be SMART to be successful. What does SMART mean?

Specific

Instead of saying “I’m gonna lose weight.”, say “I’m gonna lose 40 lbs in one year.” Don’t be vague. The key here is to make a specific goal so you’ll know what you need to achieve in a given time.

Measurable

Keep tabs of your progress. Whether it’s jotting down your weight loss or recording yourself while practicing your ukulele, no matter what your resolution may be, this can keep your resolve and reinforce your progress.

Attainable

Aiming for the moon isn’t bad. By all means, hit it with all you’ve got. But, it can cause an awful amount of frustration for you and may lead you to just end the resolution entirely. Instead of saying, “This year, I’m gonna buy a house IN CASH.” (unless you’re a billionaire) say, “This year, I’m gonna start saving up on a downpayment for a house.”

Time-bound

This part is similar above. The trick here is to do small efforts so it becomes significant in the long run. If you’re new to saving up money, try setting an amount of money in a short period of time like save $200 in a month. By the end of the year, you will have saved $2,400. See where this is going?

Reward Yourself

Pat yourself on the back for doing such an awesome job in following through your plan down to the T! But, don’t overindulge. You wouldn’t want to halt the momentum. It’s too easy for you to say “I’ve been so good, I deserve a few candy bars,” or throw caution to the wind with a new purchase when you’re trying to save up. One slip and it could all be over.

Don’t give up!

A slip-up is inevitable at some point. You must not let this become an excuse to give up. Remind yourself of your past achievements and don’t become critical of yourself and immediately forgive yourself and say “I’m starting again now!”

Get support. STAT!

Get support from your ride or dies. Choose people around you who are trustworthy, supportive friends and explain your plans. Let them know of ways they can help when the going gets tough. They’ll know the right things to say during the hard times.

Be the Captain

This resolution is under your control. Well-meaning people may give you unsolicited advice, but it’s still your call to take them or not. It is your actions that get you the change and results you need. Having a strong sense of control is necessary to stick with your resolutions. Blaming everyone else apart from yourself will not get you to the change you need.

After reading these tips, aren’t you hyped up in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions? You’re now in a great position to improve your life this year. Good changes are worth the time and effort. So, get started and good luck!