15 Jan Keeping up with the Resolutions
Come January and Hello New Year’s Resolutions!
It is also Hello judgements and negativity….”you won’t keep up that resolution”…or “you can’t do that all year”…or “here we go again another resolution attempt”.
Everyone sets New Year’s Resolutions with good intentions that they will stick to them and see them out for the year ahead. Unfortunately though majority of these resolutions do not see February, according to the many statistics out there.
Being an optimist, I genuinely love seeing people set goals and achieve them but I can’t help but think that those who set resolutions are doomed to fail partly because of all of the negative connotations around them. And also possibly because we set resolutions for the sake of setting them rather than focusing on behaviours we would genuinely like to change.
For example, as you can guess the most popular resolutions are around health, fitness and losing weight. The start of the year always generates interest in ones own health. I think most people know what they need to do to be healthier and fitter but if the behaviours people need to change to keep at these resolutions is not valued enough then achieving these goals is going to be even more challenging.
I am not someone that has really brought into the New Year’s Resolutions so much, I prefer to set meaningful and action-taking goals to help improve my quality of life.
Below are some of my tips on how you can set goals for success.
Know your purpose – Why do you want to set this goal? Or furthermore why do you want to achieve this goal? It’s important to understand what you want to achieve but it’s even more important to understand why. Knowing this is going to help you as you strive to achieve your goal and particularly at times when your motivation may low.
What do you value – Another critical element of goal setting. Your core values are what drive your decision making and actions. Your values are your hearts deepest desires or needs and being true to them will help you in your endeavours to achieve your goal because you are being true to you.
Know your vision – as the quote goes “if you can dream it, you can do it”. Having a vision of what it will be like to achieve your goal is a great way to help you on your way to getting there. I find writing out my vision or dream is a great way for it to feel like it has already come true. Using meditation and other visualisation exercises are also extremely helpful.
Set your goal – Break down your goals into smaller actionable goals. I like to set a longer term yearly goal but then I break this down further into small goals by quarters, months, weeks. The shorter term goals essentially become your to-do list, as you go along achieving these goals the closer you get to achieving your larger goal.
Back yourself and believe – You need to go into the process of achieving this goal with 110% confidence and belief that you can do it. Follow your gut and your heart and deep dive into that goal achieving journey…you won’t look back.
Have you got a goal that you are working towards this year? Feel free to share with me at bemooreworkshops