Go Ahead! Make those New Year’s Resolutions!

I love the week between Christmas and the New Year. I have the privilege of following my own schedule, so I always clear these days for self-reflection and planning. We often hear that setting New Year’s resolutions is a bad idea and they don’t work. I disagree! Using the energy created by this fresh beginning that only happens once every 365 days is smart! I say, “Go for it!”

Here are five basic tips for setting resolutions that work. I hope you find them useful and achieve all you desire in 2013.

Tip 1:

Less is more. Set no more than 2 resolutions, and probably one is enough. Resolutions are usually big, life changing actions, right? If you chose too many, you’ll just get overwhelmed and quit. I don’t want that for you. So, chose the one or two shifts that light you up the most. Depending upon the resolution, one may be much better than two. Ending 2014 having accomplished one big thing will feel so awesome! Life is a long time. There are more years and resolutions in front of you.

Tip 2:

It’s all about you. Your resolutions need to be focused on you. They can’t be about anyone else. A resolution that includes someone else changing his or her behavior won’t work. You are the master of your life and your life only. And, only make shifts that you want make. No one else’s opinion matters and others don’t get to pick for you. All of the action taken to accomplish the goal needs to be taken by you or driven by you and the result needs to be about you and your life.

Tip 3:

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Spend some time in a quiet place alone with a notebook and write down all the steps that you will need to take to accomplish your resolution. Break the goal down into the tiniest steps possible. The smaller the actions the more likely you are to succeed. Then schedule the time to take the actions into your calendar. Unscheduled means unaccomplished. Can you spare 15 minutes a day? 20? Or only 5? Be realistic. Block out the time and commit to the small action steps. If a step seems like it will take too long, break it down into something smaller.

Tip 4:

Tell everyone. Nothing creates accountability like blabbing about your resolutions to the people in your life. Tell your mate, your kids, your friends, your co-workers and your boss. Let them know that you need their support because there is big, life-altering change afoot. Pick one person who loves you, and will stretch you, to be your resolution success buddy. Share what you want to accomplish and why. Set up a formal check-in system, whether it’s weekly, twice a month or monthly and say which action steps you will take and by when. If you aren’t brave enough to put yourself on the line by telling everyone, the resolutions you’ve picked aren’t important enough.

Tip 5:

Reward yourself. I often hear that accomplishment is it’s own reward. That’s a bunch of bunk. Keep up the momentum by rewarding yourself regularly for action steps taken. Take some time with that notebook to brainstorm a list of rewards that are small, fun and make you smile just thinking of them. These can be anything that reinforces your positive actions. A weekend hike, a new candle, a new book, a couple of hours all to yourself one evening, or even one day off each month when you accomplish all your action steps.

Bonus Tip:

Get started now! There’s no better time to dive in then right now, before the New Year starts. That way you will begin 2013 already accomplishing your new year’s resolutions.

I hope you found these suggestions helpful. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

I’d love to hear. Please share in the space below.




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