You know the feeling of setting a New Year’s Resolution, only to fail within a few days. We need to have the discipline to stick with whatever we set out to achieve and the good news is it’s entirely possible. Your New Year should start with good habits which will last for the entire year and even your entire life. Don’t sell yourself short but be strategic and start slow so that the urge to give up does not set in. Here are some ways you can ensure making resolutions you can stick to.
Be Realistic at First
Ok, so we know that being realistic should never be good as we should always shoot for the moon. However, many times we fail and get discouraged because we set our expectations too high for what we actually were able to accomplish. Set small goals which you can achieve within a week’s time and this is where you’ll gain the momentum to set your sights on larger goals. The worst thing to happen is to think of yourself as a failure when all you needed to do what start smaller.
Write Down Your Goals in a Journal
We all need to be accountable for our actions and if we can be accountable for ourselves then that is even more reason to never let ourselves down. So get a journal and start to write down your goals along with how you are going to accomplish them. If you can look back at everything you said you were going to do, then you should owe it to yourself to stay true to your own desires.
Achieve Goals with a Partner
This is an amazing way to remain accountable for your actions and decisions. Find someone who has the same interests and you can go at attacking life together. When you want to quit, encourage your partner and make sure they do the same. We have one another for a reason so take advantage of a joint effort to succeed and achieve your goals. Having resolutions you can stick together allows you both to grow in your success and build your relationship as an additional benefit.
Don’t Get Discouraged
Easier said than done of course but it’s important to know that everyone goes through trials and you’ll never be able to have success without failure. Failure is necessary and it teaches you how to succeed because you can make changes that will propel you forward. Discouragement is a normal process of life and it shouldn’t mean you should give up and throw in the towel. It really doesn’t mean much as it’s just your reaction to a situation. Learn and move on. That’s how you get better.
Identify Your True Self
All too many times we try to be someone we are not. This will ultimately cause disappointment because the thing we want most is to be accepted and feel important. However, we go about it the wrong way by setting goals that are superficial. Think ahead before you set out to become who you want to become because the grass isn’t always greener and you may be looking for acceptance in the wrong places.
Set Goals You Can Achieve
It’s really not that difficult to set some realistic goals and be proud of yourself for achieving them. In fact, it’s actually necessary if you want to become the best version of yourself. Many people fail and give up but that will only lead to regret. Take the initiative and be honest with yourself this year and you may find out a lot about who you are and what you’re capable of. The New Year can be intimidating but you’ve got everything you need to be successful.
Start the new year with a commitment to be the best “you and achieve in making resolutions you can stick to!