“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
I totally get it: New Year is all about new beginnings, a fresh start, and a chance to hit the "reset" button. We promise to eat healthy, to spend less time on social media, and more with our kids and friends, read more, and watch less TV.
The thing is, only 8% of resolution makers actually stick with them. Inspiring, isn’t it?
That's why this year I want you to get real about your resolutions. Instead of setting your sight on unattainable goals, shift your focus to the smaller things that can add up to make a major, lasting impact on your overall health and happiness.
Here is how it works:
1. Revise your resolutions from the last year and make them into something that you really want this year.
Don't make it a resolution that you feel you "should" want or what other people tell you you should want. It has to correspond with your own values.
2. Limit your list to a number you can handle.
It's probably best to make two or three resolutions that you intend to keep. That way you are focusing your efforts on the goals you truly want.
3. Make a plan.
Rather than stating one daunting goal - create a series of small steps to reach it. Figure out what you want to do exactly. For example, if you want to exercise regularly and love spending time with your friends - get the group together to walk regularly. You'll feel an immediate pay-off.
4. Be detail-oriented.
To be effective, resolutions and goals need to be very detailed. Instead of amorphous "exercise more" write down "I plan to wake up at 6am and work out at the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays".
5. Share your ideas with your friends.
Having someone to hold you accountable is a powerful tool. To share your ideas with friends is like writing them down but better. Ask your friends to make sure you are fulfilling your goals. They'll fix these goals in your head and will frequently remind you "Hey, we want to see the results!"
6. Be ready to change some habits.
People sticking with their usual ways and refusing to change their habits is the prime reason of sabotaged resolutions. The best approach is to realize that all you ever have is the present moment. Ask yourself what you can do NOW that will get you closer to your goal.
And the most important is
7. Don't just say it, stick with it!
Success with resolutions as with every business objective isn't merely about setting goals, but about executing them. Come up with your own system to regularly monitor your progress. That requires will power, discipline, and a mindset that will allow you to control your living in the moment but planning for the future as well.
It's not an easy journey - but the most satisfying one - the journey towards your happy self.