Wanting to improve and be a better person is what Creating a Life Worth Living is all about. We strive to find ways to make our lives more successful and meaningful. We talk about eating healthier, making better choices and decisions, and finding ways to take care of ourselves. This also applies to the resolutions that we will be making in the next month. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success, not failure. Find ways to make your New Year’s Resolution work for you, in a way that is helpful and healthy.
Choose and focus on only one resolution, in order to put all of your attention on this. If you set 10 resolutions, you will find yourself spread too thin and will generally set yourself up for failure. Keep in mind how dedicated you are to your goal. If you can narrow it down to one resolution, you will be more likely to achieve your goal.
Consider the specifics of your resolution. Is this attainable? Set mini-goals in such a way that you take baby steps and know when you have achieved these, similarly to how we set our own daily goals. Instead of setting a broad goal, such as quitting smoking, consider specifying when you smoke during the day. Rather than “eating healthier,” replace your morning Danish with a banana or other healthier alternative. Instead of “losing weight,” consider implementing a 2-5 minute walk after dinner. Setting specific action steps to attain your goal with make it easier to be successful.
Keep in mind your time frame. If you set a goal on Jan 1st, by July 1st, you may not even remember what you had set forth. Rather than saying “I’ll lose 50lbs by Dec 31st,” consider monthly goals. Use monthly, or even weekly intervals, to keep track of your progress. Take into account the mini-goals or action steps from earlier. Consider increasing the duration of the daily walks after dinner, or continue to decrease the number of times you smoke each day. By adjusting these monthly, you are more likely to be at your goal by the end of the year.
Take into consideration your method of holding yourself accountable. If you write down and remind yourself daily of your resolution, it is much easier to keep this in focus. By being aware and mindful of your progress, you will be more likely to stay on track. Utilize your supports to help you. Have your nice Aunt Betty ask you every time she hugs your neck how you are doing on your goal. Be mindful of how you respond if you are not doing well. Acknowledge the hiccup, and then get back on track. Remind yourself that you are not perfect, but do not punish yourself.
Know that you may mess up. We are not perfect. We are not infallible. Mistakes are simply learning opportunities that provide us with insight on where we can grow and make improvements. Reward yourself and do not be afraid to share your mini-victories with others. Your progress may be the inspiration that others need to get back on track with their own goals.
Keep in mind that this is your resolution. This is something that you have set for yourself to improve your life. This is about you and your goals. Find what works best for you and stick to it. Above all, set yourself up for positive and healthy changes to create that life worth living.