Because a new year it’s a fresh new start, a new beginning, and another opportunity for us to go clean. What we didn’t achieve in the year ended, we feel like there is another chance for the coming 365 days. There is nothing far from the truth. It’s wise to be organized and have hope. But more important is to have a plan to achieve those goals. And stick to it as much as possible.Despite the best intentions, once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, many people struggle to make good on their plans. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made New Year’s resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will fail!
Why Do We Fail?
No Proper Planning
We Get Caught Up With Other Stuff And Get Lost On The Way
Laziness And Hoping That Things Will Happen Anyway
We Get Easily Demotivated
How To Structure Your New Year’s Resolutions
Make a list of what you want to achieve or improve, and don’t be afraid to dream big.
Many articles that I read suggest focusing on 3-4 key goals. It works. But it might be a bit frustrating as you would feel limited. And we all have different goals and motivations. Plus, a lot of things might change on the way. My advice is to put everything you want to achieve on the list and divide them into major and minor goals. Below is my personal list, and as you can see, there are 11 action points. Will I achieve them all? I don’t know, but for sure, I’ll try.
GIVE YOUR PLAN A STRUCTURE
Writing a list is a good beginning but perhaps not enough just to look at it once in a while.
The way that you structure your plan is entirely up to you. Think about a way that will work with your system and incorporate it.
For example, I love using multi-colored post-its and different ones for each month, making things organized and fun.
THE POWER OF HABIT
When setting resolutions, you are much more likely to succeed if they become part of your daily routine. This way, they become regular habits, and we all know how hard habits are to break.
If you give yourself 365 days to accomplish a goal, it will take you 365 days. But If your deadline is 30 days, you will only need 30 days.
Okay, don’t kill yourself here, but I’m saying that some things can be achieved faster and easier than you think if you put the proper focus and commitment into them.
REVISE AND ADJUST
I have wanted to write a blog for many, many years. However, last December, it was not on my mind. So starting this new chapter was totally out of my list because this was thought deeply buried in my mind.
However, a few months later in the year, I started working and putting effort into it … out of the blue.
My point is that life happens while we make other plans, which is so true. So start with a checklist, try to stick to it, and adjust on the way.
Once in a while, check your improvements and accomplishments. When you see that things are going in the right direction, the feeling is sweet and rewarding. Or even you are halfway to where you should be, it’s okay. No one is chasing you. Keep going.
Speaking of rewards, give yourself a little bonus at least once in a while. Life should also be lived and enjoyed. If you are on a diet, just go for that juicy burger or indulge with a nice piece of cheesecake. You deserve it for your hard work and perseverance.
For example, as strict as I am with certain things, I am totally lazy with others, and I quickly find excuses. I know this comes from a person that did disruptive stuff in her life.
Create a vision board to support your resolutions. I have been creating different ones for a few years now and adjusting them every few months based on my expectations and what is happening on the way.
The vision board is a fun and powerful tool, and the article about it is coming up next week.
You can’t build a house in 1 day but brick by brink, step-by-step. The same goes for your goals. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and don’t quit because of a few mistakes or because u were away from the plan for a few weeks.
Stick to your plans and what matters to you, and don’t let anything stay in your way.
The above is a personal interpretation, but of course, you can use anytime the classic SMART system:
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
- Achievable (agreed, attainable).
- Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
- Time-bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive
My New Personal New Year Resolutions
Build This Blog And Learn To Be A Better Writer And A Marketer
Travel To At Least One New Country
Keep My Healthy Lifestyle: Workout More, Eat Cleaner, Less Occasional Smoking.
Increase My Income
Change My Apartment Into A Better One
Meet Mr. Right
Stop My Addiction
Read More Books
Dance More Salsa
Meditate And Visualize
Control More My Impulsivity
What I Genuinely Wish For You
- Spend some quality time with your beautiful self at least once in a while. Being away from the “daily” noise is such a blessing.
- Spend more time away from your phone and even try some social media detox
- Go out, be social and build new friendships.
- As busy your life is, allocate more time for self-care
- Connect more with the nature
- Say No when things are not in your favor.
- Practice global awareness.Use less paper and electricity and please recycle
- Go to church. Connect with the divine and with your spiritual side
- Think more positively. Everyone has issues. But there is always a bright side, so focus more on that.
- Step outside of your comfort zone, fight your fears and go grab what you want.
To conclude, some of you might say the new year’s resolution comes with so much stress and pressure. Most people I know don’t even have a plan, and it is literally okay. You can still achieve many things without lists and multi-colored post-its (lol).
But it does not hurt at all to build a little structure and planning in your daily routines.
What are your 2022 resolutions?