Today’s Mad Monday poses the question, are you still on track with your New Year’s resolution? Now that the Polar Vortex has subsided and we’ve all dug out of the snow, how are you on the path of your resolution. Do you make resolutions? How do you set out to make this year the best?
Making resolutions is not reserved to just the beginning of the year. It is a good idea to always evaluate your path in life, and reevaluate often to make sure that you are on schedule to completing or achieving your goals. Making goals for yourself is a good way to keep your actions focused. There are studies that show about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions achieve them successfully. So to be productive and achieve success, here are some tips you can use to stay on track.
1. Make goals tangible.
It’s good to be ambitious, but making vague or being unrealistic with goals can set yourself up for disappointment. Instead of saying “I want to lose 100 pounds this year” make a goal to stop eating junk food and cut back on breads for 2 months. Then after that 2 months you can reassess your goals to adjust or continue as needed.
2. Keep your list simple.
Again, keep your list of goals short. As you reevaluate your goals throughout the year, you can add or adjust the goals you already have. Start with a list of 3 goals you want to accomplish and start there. Make them simple goals. That way, you can easily know the focus of your goals and where you need to be. That’s another reason to not be vague with your resolutions. It leaves ro. om for doubt or loss of focus.
3. Make your goals obvious and clear.
Create a mood or vision board. Sometimes visualizing your goals can make the vision more clear to you as you go along. If you’re a visual person like myself, it’s good to get your ideas and visions on paper to see what direction you’re supposed to be headed in. You can keep track of your progress this way, as well as with a to-do list. This forces you to hold yourself accountable for staying focused on your path. I have used Google Docs to create vision boards, or you can use other photo editors like PicMonkey. Photo editors allow you to add your photos and place them so you can create your inspiration to keep going forward with achieving your goals.
4. Stay positive and believe in yourself.
You have to be positive and self-empowering when achieving goals for yourself. The reason people fall off their resolutions is because a lack of willpower. Sometimes I think its good to have people around you for support and motivation purposes. If you share your goals for the year with your friends, maybe one of them will have similar goals or just want to be a support to you in your achievements. Having those who support you around to help keep you motivated to stay focused on your goals and resolutions. Willpower is still important to have, but combined with consistency and support from those around you it is more likely that you will have success.
In essence, stay focused, organized, and consistent you will essentially be successful in keeping your resolutions. Be reasonable, realistic and open, you will surely be able to achieve your goals.
Happy New Year!