On January 1st 2020 a lot of people are going to binge eat all the food that they can, drink a lot of soda and liquid sugar, and write about the ‘New Me’ they’re becoming in the new year. On January 2nd, the majority will crash the gym, pick up that pen, sit at that desk with the laptop, or say something motivational to themselves in the mirror. The resolutions are going into effect. By January 29th, the drive is gone, and so the rest of the year will be an on-again, off-again period until November 2020, when everyone realizes they didn’t achieve their goals and have to plan better for the next New Year.
You don’t have to wait for the New Year to make your new resolutions, and you shouldn’t do so either. Why is this so?
You Need to Plan Ahead
New Year resolutions are goals that you have set for yourself to make you a better person, in whatever form that may be. To be able to set goals that you can stick to, you need to plan. Planning ensures that you stick to those resolutions and see them through, no matter what. You can plan by reading everything you can get about the subject. It doesn’t matter what your New Year resolution is going to be: someone has written something about it. Another way you can plan is by preparing for all the resources you will need to achieve those resolutions. If your resolution is going to be learning how to dance, prepare by getting all the items you will need for dancing: clothes, shoes, earphones, an iPod, Bluetooth speakers, and music. When you plan for success, there is no room for excuses.
Choose Just One Thing
Another reason why you shouldn’t wait for the January 1st before you make you resolve that you need to pick only one thing that you want to work on or change during the new year. The only way you can determine what change is most important in your life is if you think about it before the new year. Once you can successfully achieve that goal, you can pick another resolution and start working on it.
There Will be Problems: Anticipate Them
What are the possible challenges you would face as you work on your goals? List them out, and you will be better prepared to handle them as they come.
Be Realistic about your Start Date
You can’t start working on your resolution on New Year’s day, or even the day after. You should pick a start date that will be convenient for you to begin. Don’t make it complicated, just make sure you start!
Commit to your Resolutions
Just as you have your vision board, write out phrases to motivate you as you start on your resolutions. It could be on a Post-It note pasted on your dashboard, or a card in your purse, or a Sticky Note on your laptop screen. These phrases or sentences could be:
- I am calm and focused under pressure
- I enjoy a healthy life
- I am financially free
- I have a grateful heart
Failure is not the End
Start preparing yourself to accept failure when it comes. Setbacks will happen, and if you don’t plan well for them, they will derail you from your goal and give you cause to regret. Tell yourself that failure is not the end, and you will keep trying until you succeed. Learn what you need to from the experience and move forward.
Plan to Reward Yourself
You have to consciously and intentionally plan to reward yourself for every milestone reached, because every small success is a win, and you deserve it.
Be purposeful about your New Year resolutions, and set them before the New Year. By planning your resolutions before January 1st, you are setting yourself up for a successful year.