New Year Resolution: A Definitive Guide on How to Accomplish It
Now, let me make it clear to you the number one reason why people don’t accomplish their New Year Resolution, it is because their resolution were not really resolution in the first place. Right! A Perfect New Year’s Resolution must be a very specific kind of goal and not just anyhow goal
The following criteria have to be met for an effective New Year Resolution
- It must be measurable and specific. In other words, someone who doesn’t knows you should simply be able to objectively determine whether or not you’ve achieved it.
- It should positively impact your life, if only indirectly.
- A process of events should be required in order to accomplish it. For instance; “Visit Kenya” doesn’t count if you normally travel and it’s within your financial means and comfort zone. It would count, however, if you had to come up with some way of financing the trip, or if you moved there for a month, or if you were having an existential crisis about hippos and were going there to confront your fears.
- You must be answerable to someone on those resolutions you’ve made.
- It must be achievable by 11:59pm on December 31 of that present year.
It Is Time Now Brainstorming Your New Year Resolution
Try to think at least a goal or two in every area of your life. Don’t just focus on something you want badly like losing weight or quitting smoking. Consider new hobbies, your personal relationships, your reading habits, your educational status, and so on.
Now Narrow It Down
You Need to Refine Your Goals
It’s time to transform your five goals into five iron-clad resolutions. Be creative and try to incorporate two or more goals into a single resolution.
Poor: “Lose weight”
Good: “Weigh 124lbs naked on the morning of December 31″
Awesome: “Run three miles without stopping wearing Nike sweatpants”The awesome version of this resolution not only incorporates two common goals: losing weight and exercising more into one, but it also focuses on one of the real reasons we want to lose weight: to fit into a smaller clothing size. It doesn’t matter what number the scale shows if your pants won’t fit!
Consider this another example:
Poor: “Save money”
Good: “Have £1,000 in a savings account on December 31″
Awesome: “Earn €1,000 in information marketing revenue from both online and off-line, put it in a savings account, and don’t spend a penny of it”A vague resolution is just begging to be crossed off before you stayed true to the original spirit of the goal. You could technically “save €1,000″ from your paycheck on Friday for two days and then spend it all on Monday. The awesome version of this resolution is awesome because it focuses on building a passive income stream, and it specifies that you don’t spend any of the new income. You can repeat this resolution refining process until you have five perfectly tuned New Year’s Resolutions
Plan for Success
For each resolution, you’ll need to make as detailed a roadmap as possible guiding you from where you are today to where you’ll need to be in order to declare the resolution an accomplishment.
Every step needs to be so basic that a little child can read it and have a good understanding of what needs to get done. You might not be able to map out the latter end of the journey right now. That’s okay. The important thing is that you have atleast one action step that you can take right now towards each of your resolutions.
Review for Success
Create a No-Fail Environment
- The less ways you have to fail, the easier it will be to succeed. Eliminate distractions and disruptions now, before the New Year begins.
- If you’re going to start exercising, make sure all your workout clothes are clean. Fix the zipper on your windbreaker. Stop storing file boxes on the gym equipment in you house.
- If you’re going to be more productive, cancel your cable television subscription. Clean off your computer desktop (and your computer desk).
- If you’re going to eat better and/or lose weight, go through your kitchen now and get rid of all the empty calories. Donate what you can to a local soup kitchen or give it to the neighbors.
- The worst thing you can do and we all do it, is to try to beat yourself into submission when embarking on a new goal.
- Remember: the entire point of a New Year’s Resolution is to make next year BETTER than last year. If you become your own personal slave-driver, you might achieve your goal, but you’ll have missed the entire point.
- If you’re starting an exercise regime, invest in some new, comfortable, well-fitting workout clothes. If nothing else, buy a box of pleasant-smelling dryer sheets to wash your workout gear in so it perks you up when you put it on.
- If you’re going to be eating healthier, don’t stock up on celery and rice cakes take time to find filling, delicious foods to replace your cravings for the bad stuff.
- If you’re going to work long hours, spend some time turning your bathroom and/or bedroom into a sanctuary (heavy curtains, candles, warm smells, clean/soft sheets and towels, warm lighting, etc.) so you can really relax when you have the chance. Get a library card and check out a couple books you’ve been meaning to read so you have the means to unwind. Subscribe to a trashy tabloid so you can zone out when you’re overworked and need a break.
- The bottom line: treat yourself gently; You’ll thank yourself for it later.
- Surround yourself with motivation and reminders wherever possible.
- Subscribe to motivational blogs and podcasts.
- Tape up pictures of people and things that reflect your end goals.
- Keep a motivational quotation journal.
- Post motivational stories and quotations on the fridge, on the front door, and in your office.
- The best place to put a motivational reminder (or two, or three) is by your alarm clock. Not only will it help you to wake up [faster], but it will start your day off on the right path.