How to achieve your new year resolutions

Welcome, 2017! It’s a brand new year, and we are full of mince pies, good will and energy. A lot of us have set new goals (aka New Year Resolutions), but how many of us will achieve at least one of them? This post is about starting the new year on the right foot and concentrate the energy to get things on track. At the end of the post, we’ve included a little something to help you. So, let’s get started!

Write them down in a contract

Whatever is your goal or goals that you want to achieve, you must put it in writing. By putting it down in a contract with yourself, it will make it official and easier to commit to them. It’s like that feeling you have when you sign a job or a housing contract.

Find accountability

Tell the world about your goals. When I say the world I mean your friends and families. Making people a part of your journey means that they will ask you about the progress, which will be a reminder as well as encouragement to keep going.

Make it a habit and sustainable

Things are easier to achieve if you make them part of your routine or your life. For example, if you want to lose weight, dieting is only a short term solution. As soon as you stop it, you will get the weight back. What works best is making a change in your life, for instance, eat less chocolate (maybe once a week), drink less alcohol and do more exercise. These few changes will make a big difference and once you’ve adopted them for life will get easier to keep them on.

Focus on one or two things at the time

Don’t try to lose weight, start a business and buy a house at the same time. Focus on one big thing at the time and one smaller goal. Achieving a goal is not an easy thing to do (otherwise, we would not have to set them, would we?).

Make a plan

It’s important to create a roadmap or a calendar with your milestones to reach to your resolution. The more detailed you get on that plan the best chances you will have to succeed.

The best way to visualise this journey is by breaking the goal into milestones and these into tasks. The smaller the task is the easiest is to achieve.

Calendar alerts

Put your milestones in the calendar and set an alert for each of them. This will encourage you and remind you to keep going or will make you feel bad when you miss them.

As promised, here’s the gift!

We have created some templates, and some examples, to help you achieve your goals. We hope you enjoy your NY Resolution Pack. We’d love to see you using them!

 

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