How to Get New Year’s Resolutions RIGHT
Here we go again! It’s the first day of a brand new year, and we are all ready to set our resolutions. But how to do it right? Sometimes resolutions alone are not enough. You need a plan.
Last Year Resolutions
First and foremost, go check your 2014 resolutions. What were you expecting for 2014? Did you reach your goals? Did you make things your way at least once? This step is very important: analyzing your past failures will se you up for success. Let’s see how I did in the previous years.
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This was my resolutions post for 2013. I can say that I nailed most of my goals, but not all in 2013. Some of them went into 2014, too. I must say I reached them all but one, the “dye my hair again” goal. Not because I couldn’t dye my hair, but because I changed my mind. I like my natural colour now. This is a lesson too: sometimes your goals change and there’s nothing wrong with it.
And this is my 2014 “New Year” post. It’s not really about resolutions I made for myself, but more like suggestions on enjoying 2014 more than the previous year. You can definitely take that advice for 2015 as well so make sure to read it.
Resolutions Done Right
I have very recently learned how to set goals the right way. And it was all thanks to Denise Duffield-Thomas. If you think she’s just about money making techniques, you’re wrong. She’s all about goal setting, fears and negative emotions decluttering and attracting the good stuff. If you have never heard about her, or you’ve been pondering about buying her book, ponder no more. Get her eCourse or one of her books. It will be worth it, I promise. (Too bad the Christmas bundle is not available anymore. That’s what I got: a bundle of real value! $97 best spent this December!)
– Set realistic goals. If you have never even walked 2 km in the same day, don’t set the goal of running for 30 minutes every day. You won’t stick to it. You need to go for the “incremental” technique. Setting unrealistic goals is just another way to procrastinate.
– Set “countable” goals. That means that if you write vague goals down like “being happier”, “being richer” or “spending more time with my boyfriend” chances are you won’t reach them. Go for things that’ll make you happier like “going to Nahko and Medicine for the People’s concert”, “earn $1000 more a month” and “spend at least one weekend a month on a getaway with my boyfriend” (why not? :P).
– Be specific. This is very similar to the previous point. Go as specific as you can. For example, don’t write down just ” spend at least one weekend a month just for my boyfriend and I”; plan the actual trips. Decide on your destinations. Roughly calculate how much money you’re going to need and set up a saving account. You need to be specific, it’s the only way to get to your goals.
– Remind yourself about your goals. Write them down often, stick them to your wall, set up reminders on your phone. Write yourself 12 letters to open each month of next year. How fun would it be? Setting goals and forgetting about them is not the right way to go about them.
In my opinion, you don’t need to obsess over your goals. But if you set up a goal and do nothing about it then it’s useless. And it’s really easy not acting on your goals when you forget them!
What’s your first day of the year ritual? Do you usually write your resolutions? Do you share them on your blog, Facebook page or do you prefer keeping them secret? Let us know in the comments below.
And if you’re up for the challenge, share your resolutions with us.
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Hey, it's Elisa, founder of styleonvega.com. I'm a social media strategist & consultant by day and blogger by night (honing my multitasking skills since 2006 ;). I'm an atypical Italian, freedom lifestyle advocate and modern spirituality enthusiast. Feel like we could get along? Join me just above this box or get in touch with me on Facebook or Twitter.