Whether you are still going strong with your resolutions, or whether you have broken them already (in which case you can get it right next time around), the following is worth taking note of.
New Year’s resolutions can be broken down into 3 main types…
Firstly, there are at the last minute resolutions that are typically made whilst slightly drunk on December 31st. These are, inevitably, the ones that are broken a day or two into January, as they were not really meant in the first place.
Then there are the resolutions that are made in ‘good faith’, that are believed in at the time, but which slip quietly away a few weeks or months in to the year. Anybody who is serious about actually achieving their goals, will know why these wishful fantasies went the way they did – the lack of a plan of action.
But what about the New Year’s resolutions that we actually sit down and take the time to map out and plan out? The things, or changes, we truly desire in our life. These are the ones that stick the longest, and are those which can literally last a lifetime.
The question is then, into which category do the resolutions that you made last December fall within? Another would be, how successful have you been in sticking to them?
A New Year’s resolution is essentially a goal, and to achieve that goal you need to perform, and in order to perform you need to think both positive and smart. Those who think positive and smart tend to use systems, and the one set out here is perfect for New Year’s resolutions…
– Decide exactly what you want. You should focus one just one or two things, and then set new goals only when you achieved them, or nearly achieved them.
– Decide when you want it. To measure your progress, and to ensure that you are moving in the right direction, a realistic timescale, and accompanying milestones need to be in place.
– List the pay value. If you are going to put in the sweat equity, the reward must equal the effort.
– Ask yourself if the prize is worth the price. Anything worth achieving will almost always also take something from your life too, such as time, money or people.
– Determine the obstacles in your way. Any worthwhile goal will require you to overcome obstacles, so you need to know both what they are and how you will overcome them.
– Write yourself a plan. Having one is necessary to keep you on track.
– Create a daily routine. Break your plan down into a day-to-day schedule of things that you need to accomplish.
– Never give up. Achieving is not easy, and there will be times when you want to give up, but you will never be successful if you do so.
Using this system has worked for others, so it can work for you too. Coupled with strong will and determination, you can acheive anything that you want to!
— Mark Thomas Walters