As the current year is gradually going to an end, this is the time to reflect on all that has happened within the year.
so pause and take a few minutes to reflect on your life and all that has happened during this year.
If you reflect and Say Yes, i did it!
That means you have been able to achieve all of your goals for the year.
But if you reflect and Say oh No!
Then it means you are not really happy with your performance during the year.
Whether you achieved your goals for the year or not, you still have a chnace to make the coming year better.
That is why you need to plan and make reasonable resolutions for the coming year and stick to it till you achieve it all.
So how do you make a new year’s resolution guaranteed to make you a better person in 2018.
You need to set clear goals and know exactly what habits you want to change in the coming year.
These 7 steps identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it,
and become part of the small group of people that successfully achieve their goal.
1. Brain Storm and Plan for Success.
The first step to making a good new year’s resolution is brain storming about changes and improvements you’d like to make in your life.
It can be just anything whether big or small and make some notes by doing the following.
Assuming you new year’s resolution is to make more money. Ask yourself, how can i make more money, can i start a part time business etc
If your resolution is about improving your health, ask yourself, Can I drink more water? Quit smoking? Stop eating fast food or fried food?
Become vegetarian? Exercise more?
If it’s about your relationships with others, ask yourself, Are there ways that i can be a better spouse, parent, other family member, or friend?
If yours is about your work life, then ask yourself, Can I be more successful and happier at work? Be more organized? Stop procrastinating?
By going through this first step, you have started planning for success already.
2. Pick Just One Goal at a Time
After making your list in step one, what you want to do next is just pick one important thing goal from your list that you will like to achieve first.
If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with.
If you’re successful with the first change, you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you will have
the chance to be a whole new you at the end of 2018 and that is a much more realistic way of doing it.
3. Create A System
The essence of creating a system is to set you up on a path of success to achieving your goals. Whether you anticipate it or not, there will be problems or challenges
that will likely prevent you from achieving your new years resolution. So while creating your system, research all identified problems and ask expert for solutions.
4. Pick A Start Day
You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. I’ll be waiting until my kids go back to school in February.
Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes.
5. Talk to others about your goals.
Discussing your goals and why you made them with your family and friends is a very important step at acheiving your new year’s resolution.
Ask for their support on these goals throughout the year. If possible, team up and visit the gym or shop at the health food store together. Ask them to speak up if you slip and order a Diet Coke instead of a water, or forget another goal on your list.
People who tell others about their goals are more likely to accomplish them, whether it’s because they have extra support they need, or because they’re afraid of being embarrassed if they don’t accomplish them, it’s hard to say.
6. Print out Copies of Your Resolutions.
Save a copy on each computer or electronic device you own, such as your cell phone and tablet.
Email a copy to your work address and save it to your work computer.
Make a smaller copy and keep it in your wallet.
Post a copy on the outside of your refrigerator! Use bright paper so it catches your eye and don’t let it get hidden behind coupons and artwork.
By doing this, you will not easily forget or lose track of your new year’s resolution.
7. Reward Yourself
Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. After that you can probably reward yourself once a week with a magazine, a long-distance call to a supportive friend, a siesta, a trip to the movies or whatever makes you tick.
Later you can change the rewards to monthly and then at the end of the year you can pick an anniversary reward. Something that you’ll look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.
Whatever your plans and goals are for 2018 I’d do wish you luck with them but remember, it’s your life and you make your own luck.
Decide what you want to do in 2018, plan how to get it and go for it. I’ll definitely be cheering you on.