Yep. I can just feel it. 2017 is gonna be my year…
These are the words proudly proclaimed by thousands of people as they wake up on New Year’s morning motivated, refreshed, and ready for change. Unfortunately, only a few of them will actually stick to their resolutions. Each passing week claims a few unlucky victims, until the only people who are left are the strategic, hard working, and dedicated. These are the ones who will succeed.
So you might have a question…Or a few.
How exactly can you become one of these “achievers”? Keep on reading for a few pointers!
– Be Specific
It’s really important when planning your New Year’s Resolutions to be as specific as possible. This will keep you on track and ensure that you’re make active steps towards a set goal, rather than wandering aimlessly. For example, if you’d like to lose weight, then don’t simply resolve to “lose weight”. Resolve to “lose 10 pounds in 2 months”. This will also help you to stay motivated later on so you don’t convince yourself that “Hey…I’ve lost 2 pounds so technically I’ve lost weight, right?” Not right… Losing just 2 pounds wasn’t your goal to begin with.
– Set a Game Plan
Think about your goals and plan out how you want to accomplish them. If your resolution is to get more organized, set yourself a nice starting goal of finally cleaning out that shed in the back, and give yourself a week to do it. Remember to prioritize, and start out with your biggest concerns. This is the best way to make progress.
– Make Your Resolution a Daily Thing
Don’t skip days in between, that’s the fastest way to fail. Make each day a day that you work towards your goals, and even set yourself a daily plan, maybe a different plan for each day of the week. So if your New Year’s resolution is to learn something new, like a language, then vow to spend at least 30 minutes everyday dedicated to studying and learning the language. This is important because if you skip one day, you’re more likely to skip the next, and the next, until your resolution is just gone with the wind. You can even consider setting rewards for yourself if you’ve gone a whole week working on your resolution everyday. But make sure your rewards aren’t backwards steps, for example, don’t make your reward a “free” day where you don’t have to study, make your reward going out to do something fun that you wouldn’t normally do.
– Stay Inspired
After you’ve been working at your goal for awhile, the entire routine might just lose its pizazz, it’s novelty. This is when people start to feel uninspired and unmotivated, and they quit. Think about why your goal is important to you. What you really want in the end. Hold onto that thought, and don’t let it go until you get there.
– Hold Yourself Accountable
It’s much easier to give up, if nobody will know you even started in the first place. Therefore, they won’t know you failed. Raise the stakes, and announce your goals to everyone. Let everyone know what your resolution is and how you are going to succeed. If you’re not comfortable with that, choose a “buddy” to confide in. They will help you stay on track and be your motivation to keep on going, because who wants to admit that they failed to someone, or everyone, when they know they had the strength to keep on going?
– Track Your Progress
Noob mistake: failing to track your progress. Have you ever felt like you’re not getting anywhere in life? Well, there could be 2 possible reasons for this. One, you aren’t. Two, you aren’t tracking your progress. And unless you DO track your progress, you’ll never know which one it is. Don’t give up just because it doesn’t LOOK like it’s working, put pen to paper, and you’ll see what works and what doesn’t. It’ll pay off in the end.
– Give it your all
Lastly, if you really want it, then make this goal your #1 priority. What could you be doing right now to reach your goals, instead of reading this blog post? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad you’re reading my blog post but man think about that all the time. What am I doing right now? Could I be doing something BETTER? More productive?
Best of luck to all of you!
Now to go work on my resolution and eat some healthy protein- filled peanuts. 🙂