Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into New Year’s Solutions
By Kym Gordon Moore
With each new year comes the vow to change so many negative things in our life, in order to make them better. All too often, approximately three-fourths of the people who make a New Year’s Resolution actually stick with it and see it through to completion. To avoid the inevitable failure of achieving these goals due to commitment issues and frustration, here are a few tips to help:
1. Eliminate procrastination. Getting started is hard, but sticking with it through continuous maintenance is worthwhile in the long run. Avoid anything that could get in the way of your progress.
2. Mentally prepare yourself for the goal at hand. You can’t just name it and write it down. You have to visualize the process and the end result. You must take ownership of your plans and implement them in a timely and responsible manner.
3. Set bit-size and achievable goals within a reasonable time frame. Don’t try to accomplish it all in a week or two. As you make it through each step, reward yourself in a manner that won’t sabotage your success. Remember that the time frame someone else can achieve the same goal in, may not work for you. Set a pace that you can tolerate and stick to.
4. Keep a visible calendar of your goals to monitor daily progression. Get a calendar strictly designated for your goals/resolutions. By keeping this calendar posted in a place that you have to look at each day, it serves as a reminder to do something that day towards achieving your resolution.
5. Will something good or worthwhile come from these goals? Setting a goal should be made with a positive end-result in mind. It should be a helpmate and not a goal that could intentionally harm or destroy an innocent person maliciously.
6. Make solutions (resolutions) short-term goals with long-term results. One of the primary resolutions on practically everyone’s list is to lose weight, eat better and get into shape. Do not try an excessive diet tactic or “lose it quick” trick. It is precisely that – a trick! You may get an immediate result however, yet without discipline, balance and focus, this tactic could backfire and leave you discouraged and worse than when you got started.
Motivation, commitment and accountability are factors that help classify your resolutions as inevitable solutions. Nine times out of ten, the problems did not instantly happen. Realistically, you can’t magically change something overnight, which took years to compound. Set the goal at a pace you can tolerate and work with. Now, watch your resolutions come to fruition.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE http://www.favoritethingsforacause.com and was selected as one of the 2012 and 2013 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.