As 2019 comes to an end, it is imperative that we look forward to the coming year with not only zest and zeal, but a game plan on how to crush our resolution goals. Now some of you are probably thinking, “Wait a minute, Linda, don’t you think it’s a little early to be talking about New Year’s Resolutions?” Not at all! In fact, the best way to ensure that your new year starts off with a bang is to prepare early.
That is the key! Preparations are the only way to ensure that you will be successful. Don’t wait until December 31st at 11:59 pm to suddenly have an epiphany and try to stick to something. You can start now. You already know what you want to do, right? So let’s get to writing down some action steps that you can incorporate to ensure your success.
What’s your WHY? In other words, why is your New Year’s Resolution so important to you? Write it down. Take a picture of it and use it as a screensaver for your computer and on your cell phone. Let it be a constant reminder why this is important to you.
One of the best ways to stay on course with your New Year’s Resolution is to get an accountability partner. Having someone that can keep you on task is a vital part of your success. Let this partner know what your goals are and they can check in with you and monitor your progress.
Change one behavior at a time. Don’t try to have a complete metamorphosis overnight. It took time to develop the behaviors you want to change. Give yourself a fighting chance by starting with the easiest behaviors first. Then you can move on to more difficult ones. Again, writing this all down is imperative.
Now that you have your game plan in place, it is time to start implementing your steps. That’s right. You aren’t going to wait until December 31st to get started. I think that is why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail. It becomes too overwhelming to suddenly change your habits at the stroke of midnight. Yet, people try it every New Years Eve!
I say ease into change. Don’t jump into it head first. You will have a better chance of success and finally be able to make your New Year’s Resolution a success!