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Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? Are you already feeling anxious because looking at your track record – it won’t last? Whatever your resolution may be, it’s a great one; so lets make and keep your resolutions in 2018!
Identify the WHY
When making a resolution it’s key to know WHY you are making the resolution in the first place. It may sound super obvious and silly, but making a conscious effort to know all the reasons why you are doing something, will help to keep you wanting to do it for the long run. You never know, you may even come up with reasons you never realized were there; they’ve just been hiding in your subconscious. Those reasons may end up really helping to keep you going when life gets in the way in the New Year. When you know the “why” for something, it’s easier to remind and push yourself to keep that goal or resolution.
Create A Vision Board
A vision board allows you to physically see your goal and not just in your mind, a tangible motivation piece. A vision board is simply a board that displays images, words, objects, etc. that represent what you want in life. Creating one is not only fun, but also motivating. Personally, I love having vision boards for my goals, because I love being able to visually see my goals. For me, having an eye-appealing board of my goals, really helps to motivate me that much more. Once you have a vision board made you can place it anywhere you’d like, and even take pictures of it on your phone so you can look at it anywhere you may be throughout the day.
Hold Yourself Responsible
This may also seem obvious, but honestly gets forgotten most easily. In our day-to-day lives we have SO MUCH responsibility; between work, home, and family life, it can be overwhelming at times. When we set a goal for just ourselves and it doesn’t really affect others, – be honest – we tend to slack a little. I would say this is one of the biggest reasons, if not thee biggest reason, that New Year’s Resolutions fall short. We stretch ourselves thin, and forget to take care of ourselves! We need to remember self-care is important. Without taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to fully give your best self to the ones you love anyway.
“It all begins with you. If you do not care for yourself, you will not be strong enough to take care of anything in life.” -Leon Brown
So, when it comes to keeping your resolutions, hold yourself responsible, just as you would in any other aspect of your life!
Create Your Very Own Motivational Mantra
This may sound silly, but DO IT! This will come in handy, I promise. Make sure that when you are making your mantra it doesn’t have words like “want or need” you want your mantra to be as though you already “HAVE” what you want or need.
“The secret to ‘having it all,’ is believing you already do.” –anonymous
So for example, if your resolution is to get healthy and loose weight, your mantra should NOT be “I want to get fit and loose weight,” it needs to be something like “I AM healthy, fit, and weigh –insert your ideal weight-.” Repeat this mantra to yourself everyday, all day! First thing when you wake up, say it to yourself. At a pause in your day, say it to yourself. Feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, say it to yourself. Before you go to bed at night, say it to yourself. …get the idea? Whether you believe it or not, self talk is a very powerful thing. All you need to do is try it – it’s not hard.
Use a Planner to Continuously Keep You Motivated
Using a planner can be a very powerful tool. Last year was the first year I used a planner and it helped me so much! I absolutely LOVED my Happy Planner! There’s something about writing down your daily goals that make you feel more responsible for them. With that being said, be sure that what you write down is not over ambitious. It’s always better to write down not enough (and accomplish more), than to write down too much and not get everything accomplished. If you do this, it will only set you up for failure. Not accomplishing your daily goals, time and time again, will only discourage you. In a planner you can also track things. For example, this year I was tracking how much water I was drinking. It became a fun challenge, and I was able to mark in my planner every time I finished another water bottle. It was like a game and each day I tried to drink more and more. This can be fun for tracking a variety of things!
Don’t make your resolution feel like work! Make your resolution fun!
Remember You Are Doing it For You!
I would assume the majority of you have made these resolutions because it’s something YOU want. When life gets in the way sometimes we don’t feel motivated to keep our goals and resolutions alive. We give up. You need to remind yourself that this IS something YOU want. Even if in that moment you don’t want to do the necessary actions to continue your goal, you need to retell yourself this will be worth it and that this is for YOU!
Break Down Your Big Goals into Smaller Goals
Sometimes looking at your goal’s end result can be overwhelming or discouraging, because it may seem too far-fetched or too great of an accomplishment. Make sure when you are making your resolutions that you don’t have one big unrealistic goal. NOW – I’m not saying don’t dream! No, no, no! I’m saying take it step by step. Resolutions are not just going to happen, nonetheless happen over night– you have to put in the work and effort. Therefore, make things easier on yourself, break down your big goals into smaller attainable wins or steps. Set these small goals to be accomplished in a specified and realistic period of time. These smaller wins will not only lead you to your main goal, but continue to motivate you along the way!
Set yourself up for Success
Setting yourself up for success is something that needs to continuously be done daily or weekly. For example, if your goal is to loose weight – make sure you are doing things like packing your gym bag the night before, picking out your work outfit the night before if your waking up early to hit the gym, not buying junk food when your out at the store, (it only makes it easily accessible when your hungry sitting at home), and packing your lunch the night before or meal planning (this way you don’t end up ordering unhealthy food come lunch time at work). Small actions that you can accomplish the day or week before will help set you up for the near future successes, and keeps you moving in the right direction – toward your resolution!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up!
Starting a new routine, no matter how big or small, can be trying and hard. So, while you’re holding yourself responsible, you also don’t want to be beating yourself up either. Allow for set backs, but don’t plan for them. Take care of yourself – if you feel yourself about to burn out, allow a “cheat day.” You know your body and your limits – so don’t push yourself into burn out mode. Take time for yourself, regroup, and hit the road running once you’ve taken that break. Just because you hit a bump in the road, or had to “temporarily” put something on hold, doesn’t mean you need to completely give up. Life happens, things get tough; make sure your taking care for yourself!
You can do this! I believe in you! This year is going to be your year!
Cheers to 2018! 🥂