So it’s the New Year. Maybe you’re still slightly hung over from your extravaganzas of choice this weekend and you still haven’t bothered to put away your sparkle dress that garnered quite a bit of attention. Maybe you’re dreading the fact that it’s time to go back to work after the holidays.
And maybe you’re just counting down to the moment when you can say that – once again – you’ve failed at meeting your New Year’s resolutions.
Now I’m not sure about you, but for me, this happens pretty quickly. Sure, the list is pretty long, but I don’t think I’ve ever quite made it past January without scratching half of them off of said list.
What can we do to actually complete these resolutions? It’s quite easy:
- Stay SMART: Sure, school taught us a lot of things that we’ll never take with us to our future jobs and careers, but it did teach us how to make some pretty awesome goals. And just like everywhere else in life, our New Year’s resolutions need to be a little more realistic than we’d like them to be. Yes, there’s a full year ahead of us but we all know how quickly that passes us by.
- Give Yourself a Daily Reminder: It can be easy to forget the resolutions that you’ve set for yourself. Make a sign and stick it somewhere you can see – on the fridge, by your mirror, or somewhere in your workspace.
- Don’t Tell the World: Contrary to what you might think, telling people about your goals can actually have a negative effect. According to studies, sharing with other people creates a “social reality” in your brain and stops you from further doing anything because you’ve received a sense of completeness. Feel free to learn more about this here or listen to this Ted Talk discussing it. This year may be the time to take the key and lock these goals up – however, don’t forget to share with others once you’ve reached your goal. Celebrating with others is more fun.
- Use Stepping Stones: This may be a dream-crusher to some, but I feel it’s important to emphasize the following: things don’t happen overnight. You can’t take one step and then – poof – you’ve whizzed past the middle part to complete your goals like magic. Break down your resolutions and create stepping stones that will help you get to where you want to be (I want to work on actually writing a book. I’ll give myself a goal of 3,000 words a week in order to reach a novel-length word count by the end of the year).
- Take Time to Reflect: Sure, it’s easier to continue pushing ahead without pausing to look at what you’ve done. However, make sure you take time to sit down and reflect upon the path you have taken. Are you at the level of achievement you wanted to be by March? What could you have done differently? If you haven’t been progressing in a way that you like, think of things you can change in the future to move towards the end goals that you have set for yourself.
- Bust out the Bubbles: That or whatever other beverage of choice you might have. Make sure to take time and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how little or big. Each step that you take is closer to success than you were before and I think that is definitely something to be proud of.
Be smart, be safe, but most importantly, have fun this New Years! 2017 has a lot of opportunity to bring to you – make sure to grab life by the horns and take control. This is your year. You just have to make it happen.
Feel free to share your tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions or let us know what your goals are in 2017! We’d love to hear them.
Happy New Year, lovelies!