It is almost here…the B I G countdown to the New Year. Of course, you’re all set with your sparkly party dress, and champs ready to toast – but are you really ready?
I bet you have a mental list of resolutions on deck. Like eating super healthy, laying off the cocktails, actually making it to gym, reading real books, using your phone to *gasp* call loved ones in an effort to stay in touch more, fine tuning your budget and sooooo many others…but how long do they last? 1 week? 2 months? Have you ever made it past 3 months?
Wouldn’t it be awesome to take a new goal for the new year and turn it into a habit for life? Are you ready to make those New Year’s resolutions actually happen and stick this year? I know I sure am! Here are the steps I am taking this year to do so…won’t you join me?
1. Change Your Outlook
First and foremost, we gotta get our heads in the right place. If we mentally approach these new goals with a negative thought process of “New Year’s resolutions always get broken” [said in super annoying voice of everyone you’ve ever heard say this], then we are doomed! Might as well not even bother.
Without sounding like I’m quoting Peter Pan [BTW, ‘Hook’ was on the other day and for some silly reason I hadn’t watched it in years! OMG it is such a great movie]…you must B E L I E V E !
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” But really though…that is soooo true! The hardest part is getting out of your own way 99% of the time!
We are gunna take each goal in steps and legs-for-days-strides by combining believing with planning, and a few other top secret ingredients listed below. Don’t think about why you’ve failed in the past, or how hard the year ahead will be…you have a squeaky clean slate in front you. A new beginning. You can do this m’dear!
If you choose to look at your plan for the new year with positivity and confidence, then you got this in the bag!I've got my NY's resolutions in the bag! Watch out 2017, here I come! #ibelieve Click To Tweet
2. Write It Down
There is just something magical that happens when you write your goals down on paper. I swear it triggers something in your brain neurologically that sparks inspiration [Umm no I don’t have actual medical evidence, but it is some fancy scientific stuff I just know it].
Sure, you can brainstorm and dream up ideas and plans all day, BUT writing it down is truly, in my opinion, the first step to making anything happen.
So get to it missy! Make a list or 2 or 5. List anything and everything just so you can see it in your own writing. We will fine tune it in the next step. This part is just to take all those resolutions/thoughts/ideas/dreams you’ve had swirling around in your noggin and get them on paper.
P.S. I just googled noggin to make sure that’s how you spell it, because I’ve never seen it written before, and it is! LOL, it’s such a silly word and I love it!
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3. Don’t Overdo It!
Did you get a lil’ list crazy like me just now? Yah, that tends to happen to me regularly. I start a list and then *BAM* it is 2 hours later and I’m somehow working on a completely different project. SQUIRREL!!!
Ahem, okay now take your resolution list and remove those rose colored glasses for just a minute [I swear you can put them back on in just a sec]. We need to get realistic and make sure we are setting ourselves up to succeed by not overdoing it!
Don’t choose this January to do every single thing you have ever wanted to do. I mean, that sounds really fun but we need to spread it out a bit.
Also, we need to make sure we set specific, actionable goals. If you wrote, ‘I want to lose weight’ well that doesn’t really work. If you write, ‘I want to lose 2 pounds in January [and it isn’t January 30th when you write this] and each month after until my goal weight of ___ is reached, then you are creating a realistic goal.
4. Make A Plan
Now that we have our realistic resolution list, one step further is noting HOW you are going to lose those 2 pounds noted above.
For example, ‘I will put together healthy meal plans on Sunday morning, go to the market on Sunday afternoon [after eating something healthy and fulfilling because seriously, going to the grocery store when you’re hungry is the worst idea ever!], and I will meal prep for the whole work week on Sunday evening’ is a an actionable plan to reach your realistic goal. Make sense?
Create an actionable plan for each goal. Step 3 was confirming what and step 4 is all about how. Now it’s my favorite part. You would think step 2 is my fav because I love lists oh so much, but this is the part where I get to be super organized [some would call it OCD, at which point I would correct them and say CDO because it should be in alphabetical order hahaha].
No but really, now is the part where we add our plans to our calendar/planner. Make key dates and deadlines for each resolution and set up times to check in on your progress. These check ins are reflection time to see how your actionable plans are working.
For example, perhaps each Sunday in January [before making your meal plan] you weigh yourself and take note of what worked for you that week and what did not. If you aren’t getting closer to your resolution goal then you need to make some adjustments to your actionable plan. Please don’t beat yourself up…the reflections just show you what works for you and what doesn’t, then you adjust accordingly and lickety-split you are back on track!There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. -C.S. Lewis Click To Tweet
5. Make It A Team Effort
Do you have someone that you can set some goals with? Hit up your squad & get someone to buddy up on one of your resolutions. An accountability partner does wonders and really can talk you off the ledge in those moments where you are ready to call it quits.
How many times have you worked out because you committed to going with a friend and you didn’t want to flake on them? How many times did you healthy meal prep when your spouse or roommate was doing it with you? Dude…find a buddy and you’ll be having so much fun you will forget that you had to force yourself to start!
6. Manifest It
I can’t even tell you how important this final step is. If you take the time to visualize your positive outcome and resolution commitment, it will really happen.
We started all of this with a positive outlook and we need to maintain that mindset as we progress…BUT a level above this is visualizing your life once your goal/resolution is achieved. And a level above that is not just seeing it in your mind, but imagining how it will feel when it is achieved.
Take a second to daydream. Close your eyes and pretend you are future-goal-achieved-you. How does it feel? What does your life look like compared to now? That feeling is your focus, and that focus makes goals happen!
So how do you make New Year’s resolutions actually happen?!? Remember how I mentioned getting out of your own way? Yup, I’m saying it again. If you believe you can change your resolution into a new habit, you can do it. If you visualize yourself doing it, you will do it.
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