It happens every year – you make a New Year’s resolution and by February you’ve forgotten about it. It happens to the best of us – but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s the way that you’re making your resolutions that is probably setting you up for failure. So here’s a checklist to make sure that you stick with your New Year’s resolution this year:
1. Make It Attainable: If you make your goals too unrealistic or broad you will never reach them and you’ll be disappointed. For instance – don’t say you want to run 10,000 miles this year if you don’t have the time or resources to do it. Instead vow to run two miles a day, five times a week – this is much more attainable and you’ll feel satisfied when you’re able to reach that goal.
2. Be Specific: Don’t say – eat better. That’s open to interpretation and there are so many possibilities. Be specific and say that you want to eat more leafy green veggies four times per week. That’s a very focused goal that you can work towards.
3. Tell People About It: If you talk about a goal – you’re more likely to actually achieve it because you’re now accountable. Your friends will support you and help you make changes that will fulfill your dream. And you’ll want to share your good outcome with them.
4. Make Your Goal Visible: Make a vision board for your desk or anywhere that you look everyday. Use a photo of a person doing yoga if you’d like to incorporate the practice into your life. That way you’re constantly reminded of your goal. I also like making passwords that have to do with goals. So you’re writing out “DoMoreYoga” and remembering it every time you sign in.