Ways To Level Up and Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions!
Updated: Jan 25, 2019
As 2018 comes to an end, many of us will reflect on all that has transpired this year and make New Year's Resolutions for a new and improved us. We will have good intentions of bettering our relationships, business affairs, and pursuit of true happiness. However, in order to fulfill these promises, we must have a blueprint to success. To get you started, here are a few ways you can level up and achieve all of your New Year's Resolutions!
Start with Soul Searching & Reflection
Before you can improve any situation or relationship you must first take an inward look into yourself, your past failures, and then determine what needs to change. It is only when we complete serious soul searching we experience epiphanies that will reveal the necessary steps needed to achieve our goals. Start your self-reflection by asking yourself the following questions: What are the things I love about myself and find unique? What are some things about myself I want to change? Which situations did not work out the way I wanted this year? If given the opportunity, how would I improve those situations? As you ask yourself these questions, be completely honest in your answers and jot down your thoughts. Taking this first step will provide a more focused approach as you begin to list out the goals you want to accomplish in the upcoming New Year.
Break Your Goals Down into Actions
After you have complied a list of things you wish to accomplish in the New Year, plan daily, monthly, and quarterly actions that will lead you to achieving those goals. For example, if one of your New Year's Resolutions is to show more appreciation towards your significant other, you may set a daily goal of a heart-felt note or some expression letting your partner know they are loved and appreciated. Your monthly goal might be a date night to some place special, and your quarterly goal may be a getaway for just the two of you. When you create action plans in this manner meeting your goals will seem easily attainable. Writing down your goals is important, but action planning is the key to reaching them.
Make a Vision Board
Once you have a list of your New Year's Resolutions and action plans in place, your next step is to make a vision board with images that remind you of those goals. Visualization is a cognitive technique which allows you to picture your desired outcome. Visualization also aids us in manifesting our dreams into realities. A visual, such as a vision board, will serve as a consist reminder of your aspirations and will keep you motivated. (Click here for more info on visions boards)
Plan for Road Blocks
One major reason why people do not keep their New Year's Resolutions is due to their lack of preparation of future obstacles. When we run into a road block we did not prepare for, it can discourage us. In some cases, we may choose to give up on striving towards our goals all together. To prevent this, learn everything you can pertaining to your aspirations. Research how others were able to obtain those same goals and identify what challenges they faced. From here, create a contingency plan of the ways you will overcome any obstacles you encounter on the path to your reaching your goals.
Keep Yourself Motivated
On your upcoming journey, the determination you will have at the beginning of the year may fizzle over time. This can happen when we focus too much on the journey and not the end goal we desire. To defeat counter-incentives, jot down ways you will keep yourself motivated. Some ideas to keep you continuously motivated may be positive affirmations, daily motivational quotes, attending networking events with other go-getters, or having an accountability partner that will be with you every step of the way. Thinking of how you will remain motivated now will help you to pull yourself out of ditches during the times you feel the most discouraged.
As you start completing the items on your action plan list and meeting goals, celebrate your successes! It's easy for us to narrow in on what needs to be done and forget how far we have come. Think of ways to reward your progress and plan opportunities to break and recharge. Doing this will prevent burnout caused by continuous working. Who knows, maybe new ideas may surface during this time.
The start of a new year can bring unlimited inspiration and motivation to accomplish your hopes and dreams. Be sure to capture this moment, plan accordingly, and you will be amazed at what you're able to accomplish!
Happy New Year! Best of luck to you in achieving your New Year’s Resolutions.