The Resolution Revolution

New Year 2017 greeting cardIt’s that time of year again. The time when sweeping resolutions and promises of change fill up our Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds.

This year you are going to get back into your prom dress, or run a marathon, or finish your Master’s Degree, or buy a new house. Whatever you think will bring you happiness and new perspective goes on the magical list you made on December 31st when you realized that your life hasn’t changed much in the last few years. The problem isn’t in the desire to better your life, it’s in the execution.

Research suggests that one of the biggest problems we have with New Year’s Resolutions is that we often set these fantastic goals without actually figuring out how to get there.

Here are some helpful hints to get you closer to actually accomplishing yourNew Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Make your goal attainable. You want to finish New year goals our Master’s Degree but you haven’t even applied to Grad School. That’s not a reasonable objective. Don’t set yourself up to fail by trying to squeeze at least a couple of years’ worth of schooling into less than 12 months.
  2. Have a plan. You want to buy a house by the end of the year, what do you need to do to make this happen? You need loan approval, how is your credit? Do you know what area you want to live in? How do you need to adjust your savings plan in order to make an appropriate down payment. You can’t accomplish your resolutions without a properly executed plan.
  3. Focus on some smaller goals that will lead to achieving the big one. Failure is discouraging and can lead to more failure, or worse, giving up. You can help avoid this by delighting in small victories. If you want to lose weight this year start with weekly, attainable goals such as cutting out soda, then reducing sugar, then increasing your activity. Each week you accomplish something small that, over time, moves you closer and closer to your weight loss objective.
  4. Don’t be afraid to adjust your sights. You wanted to buy a house, but you realize your credit really needs a good cleaning first. It’s okay to adjust your goals.

In the end, resolutions are about making yourself happy and living the life that will bring you the most fulfillment. Whatever you decide, however you execute it, remember that it is all about making each year of your life better than the last.

 

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