The party’s over, the holiday’s are in the rear view, and now your staring down the barrel of your own self-inflicted torture, New Year’s Resolutions.
I love making lists and New Years resolutions are no exception!
Like most of you, however, I usually have a very hard time sticking to my resolutions.
This year, I decided to finally do something about it!
Here are my 5 easy ways to make sure that you finally keep those resolutions and have the amazing year you deserve!
Write it Down – When making your resolution, don’t just say it, write it down so that you have a record. This will both make the resolution more firm in your mind, and give you something that you can use to hold yourself to your resolution later and make sure you aren’t drifting from your original goals. Writing your resolutions out will also give you a chance to review them afterwards and see if they are something that you really want to do, or just a passing whim.
Pretty Tip: Try writing bench marks on your calendar so you can keep track of your progress. I.E. Save $100 this month, or lose 5 pounds this month.
Read it Daily – Once you have your resolution written out, don’t just shove it off somewhere for storage. Take it out each day and read it at least once per day, twice if possible. Don’t just read it in your head either, read it out-loud as a promise to yourself. This will ensure that your resolutions are always near the front of your mind to help keep you on track.
Pretty Tip:Write it on a Pretty piece of paper and stick it to your bathroom mirror. You’re sure to see it every morning while you’re getting ready, and every night when you come home from work.
Visualize Achieving Your Resolution – Don’t just write it down and then forget about it, actively think about achieving your goal each day. Consider what achieving your resolutions would mean to you, and as you take various actions over the course of the day think of how those actions will affect your objectives. This will help you to better realize how you can shape your life to not only meet your goals now, but to keep those ambitions met in the future.
Pretty Tip: A really fun way to visualize your goal is to plan it out on pinterest. Check out my board about our future Vintage & Kind Storefront here.
Write Resolutions In A Positive Way – When writing resolutions (and setting goals for yourself in general) it is always a good idea to phrase your goals in a positive manner. Don’t think of the things that you want to get rid of in your life, instead phrase and write your goals in terms of what losing those things would mean to you. This helps put a positive spin on your goals, and that positivity can help your mental state when trying to achieve those tough goals.
Pretty Tip: Thinking of the process of achieving your resolution as being fun, not just having a positive effect will make the process easier and you will be more likely to commit long term.
Add Details – The best way to add details is to make yourself a road map to the final result right there in your resolution. Don’t say, I am going to lose weight. Instead say I am going to lose 30 pounds in 6 months to achieve my goal weight. These added details can help you plan how reach your new goals, as well as reminding yourself why you chose them in the first place. When you combine this with the reading of the resolution, you will always have a plan firmly set in your mind, know why you should be following that plan, and know what is at stake if you should fail.
Pretty Tip: I find it fun to project your goal out a few months and it’s incredibly motivating! I.E. In February I will weigh 120lbs, in March I will have saved $3,000.