By Rachel Lewis
A New Year brings new beginnings, fresh starts, and many New Year’s resolutions. People choose this time to set new goals and plans for the next year. With the time of New Year’s resolutions upon us, I encourage you to reflect on the past, the present, and to prepare for a bigger and brighter future.
Unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions fail due to the lack of planning and turning them into actions. Habits are hard to change especially without a plan, and without reinforcement. Goal setting, also known as resolution making, is a skill that really isn’t being taught anymore, so we have come up with some quick tips to get you started:
1. Pick a resolution that means something to you. Don’t just choose something for the sake of having one. Choose something that will fit with your values and definitions of success rather than something someone else may tell you. The more meaningful the resolution is to you, the more likely you will be to really stick to it.
2. Be very specific when you make your goal. It needs to be measurable and attainable. Set times for your goal. For example, instead of saying that you want to get better grades, say that you will study at 5:30 for two hours each day. Write it in a way that will help you create a plan for achieving your goal.
3. Once you have your specific resolution, create a plan in smaller steps that will help you attain it. Smaller steps seem less daunting and also inspire a feeling of confidence in yourself once they are completed.
4. Be prepared to change your habits. While working on your resolution, you may find that you need to change how you do things, especially if you have habits that will sabotage your goal. Evaluate your life and find habits that may cause your resolution to fail. You can then actively work to change those habits and instill new ones to keep your resolution going. Remember that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, and that changing a habit loop can take even longer.
5. Tell someone who will hold you accountable to your goal. Choose someone who will help support you throughout working toward your resolution and not someone who will naysay or tear you down.
Dream Bigger and Achieve More
This is the year to dream bigger and achieve more. You can make sure that happens by really thinking through your resolutions and sticking to the plan you create. Another great idea is to make a resolution with a friend so that you can both achieve your goals while holding the other person responsible.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments about the best way to create a New Years’ resolution.
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