Happy New Year!
Welcome to a new year, where you have 365 new chances to build a new life.
How many year’s past have you set a new year’s resolution and found it amounted to less than you had hoped for?
Why not make 2018 your year and do things differently, make a change in your behaviour and see the difference in your life over the next 365 days.
5 easy steps to a successful new year’s resolution
Step #1 – S = Specific
In setting your goal for your new year’s resolution it is important to be specific, being very vague or global about your new year’s resolution is going to set you up for failure. As the saying goes “Failing to plan is planning to fail”, taking the time to really jot down what it is you want to achieve is the first step to success. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How do I want to feel once I achieve my goal?
- How will my life be different?
- What will this do for me on a personal level?
Step #2 – M = Measurable
The next step is to ensure your goal for your new year’s resolution is measurable, you need to be able to see the progress you are making towards your goal. This will help to keep you on track and provide you with the motivation to ensure you achieve your goal. Research shows that the majority of new year’s resolutions are done and dusted by 15th January due to old habits re-surfacing and not having a plan in place to keep you motivated.
Step #3 – A – Achievable
This step helps to keep you accountable to what is possible for you right now, don’t get me wrong thinking big and outside of your box is important, however it is also essential to start with something that you know is achievable with the resources that you have available to you right now. Making your goal achievable is another great way of motivating you, seeing small steps towards your goal will keep you going way past previous attempts. Asking yourself, what resources do I have available to me right now to attain my goal?
Step #4 – R – Rewarding
What is the point of doing anything if it isn’t rewarding in some way, right? This step is going to help you to stay motivated and inspired to stick to your plan and have the best chance of being successful in the area you have chosen for your new year’s resolution. So ensure your goal is for you and not because someone else or society dictates you should, it needs to mean something to you. This will help you to keep at it, taking the action steps required to get you there and in the hard times something to push you across the finish line.
Step #5 – T – Timely
The final step is to make your goal timely, how long will it take you to achieve your goal? 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months or 12 months, knowing this will help you to plan out your action steps and have points along the way that show you that you are well on your way to achieving your goal. Seeing your progress and taking the time to bring awareness to how far you have come will definitely keep you going and well on your way to having a successful new year’s resolution for 2018.
This 5-step process is really going to help you to make 2018 your year, how great will it feel at the end of the year and you can say ‘YES’ I achieved my goal and actually followed through with my new year’s resolution for possibly the very first time.
Go after what you want, keep it in your view and do it just for YOU!
Written by Nicole Ivens
Nicole Ivens is an experienced Professional Counsellor, Wellness Coach and EFT Practitioner.
Nicole helps women to reduce fear and anxiety and take back control of their life by kicking fear to the kerb and getting back in the driver’s seat of their life.
Learn more about Nicole www.calmyourmindwellness.com.au/meetnicole