I like making New Year resolutions but it always becomes a to-do list for the first few weeks, and then I never achieve it. It frustrates me! How can I make my New Year resolutions come true? Help!
Yeah, making resolutions is fun. The challenge is how to stick to them and make them come true right? The good news is that it's not necessarily so hard. All you need is to make a few shifts:
“The humble resolution you actually follow is more helpful than the ambitious resolution you abandon.”(Gretchen Rubin) It takes time to make a real change. A huge list will only add stress to you that makes you give up easily. Simplify your resolutions. What are 3 things you want to change during 2014? Focus on them!
2. Keep on fire
To keep moving forward you need to keep your passion on fire. There are millions of ways: find a role model who has already achieved what you want, write a diary about 3 small steps you accomplish everyday, set milestones, reward yourself once you achieve it… What are the 3 most effective ways for you personally to keep on fire?
3. Spread the news and have an accountability buddy
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Spread the news. Find a buddy to work together. It not only makes you more committed but also you will get constant friendly support. As a bonus, you may find someone who has the resources you need to realize your resolutions.
4. Have fun
It is easier to keep it up when you enjoy the process. Relax, have fun! If you fail to keep taking action, instead of beating yourself up, smile and get back on the saddle.
New Year resolutions can keep your actions aligned with the changes you want to make. Be focused, be passionate, get support, enjoy the journey, and you will be amazed to find that 2014 is unfolding as you wish.