I seriously love to write my new year’s resolution each December. There’s just something about starting all over that encourages me to be better, grow and challenge myself. Did you know that 80% of new year resolutions fail by February? According to Forbes, only 8% of people actually follow through with their resolutions by the end of the year. Why do you think that is? 1. I think that we set ourselves up for failure with unrealistic expectations and 2. being disciplined is hard work. Today I’ll show you how to write an effective resolution that will challenge you but that will also feel attainable at the same time.
Start with a list of 15-20 things you want to achieve this upcoming year. Do you want to lose weight, spend less money and save more, enjoy life to the fullest, spend more time with your family and friends, whatever it is make a list of it.
Now, cut that list in half. Let’s say you’re down to 8-10 things on your list. Now really think about what these things mean to you and rank them from high priority to low priority. Be intentional about ranking your goals so that you can focus on the more important ones first.
Be specific. Let’s say that your goal is to lose weight this year. Instead of just writing “Lose Weight” which is very general and not really motivating, make it more specific. Something like: Exercise 3 times a week, eat under 1500 calories during the week, lose 10lbs each quarter and eat more vegetables. See how this goal is so much more specific and gives you a better idea how you’re going to attain it? Now, do the same for each one of your goals and treat them as bullet points and make a summary below each one that is more detailed.
Tip: If you are serious about achieving the goals that you set for yourself, set a calendar reminder for every first of the month to read your resolution and refocus your efforts. Measure efforts and results to stay on track.
Remember what resolutions are for. There are for self-improvement so be real with yourself while writing these. You can choose to share them with people that care about you so that they can keep you accountable.
Now grab a pen and paper and go for it!
One of my new year’s resolution is to read one book a month. I initially wrote three books a month but had to be real with myself and I know that if I read only two I would be like I failed. So committing to reading 1 book a month is a great start and plus if I read more than one I’ll feel like a total champ.
Get excited about the new year! Sure there are some things that I am dreading about 2018 but I mostly have an expectant heart about what’s to come. I am most excited about our 2018 travel plans! Ahhhh we have some amazing trips on the books for this upcoming year that I can hardly wait for.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you found this simple guide helpful. If you did, be sure to share it with your friends and family on Facebook or Pinterest.
Happy New Year 2018!