Those New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, aren’t they? Don’t feel bad if you have thrown in the towel already. There’s no shame in knowing your limits; even sitting here writing this I wanna call it quits because I’m sick and feeling sorry for myself. Did you know the majority of colds and flus in the U.S. occur in the months January-February? Well now you know, another thing to take you off your toes.
There are so many things that can derail us from making a positive change in our lives. Sickness, the difficulty of the change, not preparing well, the list goes on. I have found however that there is one simple thing that can help you crush your resolution this year and every year.
- THE POWER OF THOUGHT
Change the word ‘Resolution’. If we’re honest with our selves we don’t really stop and think about what a resolution is; the act of resolving to make a major change within our lives. For this reason I made a small yet profound switch in my verbage, calling it an ‘Intention’. This small act of talking about what I intended to do in the year, made it so I was able to accomplish every goal I made for myself in 2017. I had 5 goals. Was it easy? NO. But I intended to do it, so I did.
2. THINKING IT THROUGH
This is nothing new. Setting realistic goals is what every professional will tell you when it comes to embarking on a new journey. Saying that you intend to lose 100 lbs and be a swimsuit model in one fell swoop, might be setting yourself up for a frustrating failure. However, if you take time to think on what your body can accomplish in one year, including set backs, you will be very pleased with your results. Can you save enough money for a down payment on a home in one year? I don’t know, maybe you can. Make it achievable and you will achieve it.
3.. PLANNING AHEAD
I knew that in the 2017 new year I intended to focus on my goals as a novelist. I researched organizations that would help me accomplish them, and encourage me to keep going. I found other writers to read and edit my work; I also made progress points to hit. For 2018 I have a plan to get my finances in better shape. I didn’t simply say that I was going to save more, but I researched HOW to make this happen. This way I wouldn’t go into January blind, which would have me falling back into my old habits of blowing cash.
4. MAKE IT FUN
Maybe you are motivated by a group of friends meeting up and encouraging each other, or pushing your boundaries. There are also a lot of apps out there for anything you can imagine. If you download one will it help you move forward? I found a ton of financial ones. If you’re like me, you might like stickers and graphs to track your progress. Look up ideas on Pinterest, chat with others who’ve done it before, inspire yourself constantly. Allow yourself prizes when you hit certain milestones. Rewards will make you want to continue forward. That coupled with the accomplishment of how far you’ve come, will keep you going.
This one is important and I usually do it sometime in June or July. The reason is because, quite frankly things will change. For example: In 2017 I had intended to go to Disney world with my whole extended family. I was doing well, and had begun my saving promptly in January. When it got to the point I was ready to do my deposit, I couldn’t go through with it. The particular trip we were taking was going to cost us well over $10,000! Was I making it happen? Yes, and it was becoming stressful and overwhelming. Was it worth it? Not to me, not anymore. I had a good chat with my hubby and we decided it was the kind of trip we would take when our kids were old enough to remember it!
If you’re on the brink of calling it quits, stop and ask yourself if you really intend to do the resolution in the first place. If it’s something that you just made up last-minute, it could be worth to let it go and give yourself some grace. If it’s something you know deep in your heart needs to change now, then intend to do it, and set out to figure out how to make that happen. I intend for 2018 to be amazing and memorable, and I hope you do too!