Chances are you’re just starting to think about what your New Year’s resolutions should be. Why wait till January to take action? Here are a few ways to launch successful resolutions that will stick!
1. Brainstorm your goal then narrow it down: A goal shouldn’t be broad and unwritten. Get specific about your “result goal” (to lose 10 lbs) and your “action goal” (to exercise 3 or more times a week). Be specific and write it down.
2. Start thinking about the resolution: Process your goal now so you can really think about measurable steps you need to attain the resolution. Perhaps starting to journal about it is a good way to start thinking and processing it all. Do you need to enlist a friend to be your buddy – or recruit a support system?
3. Line up support for your goals: Choosing a resolution isn’t really hard – they’re things we all want. But if you’re planning on losing weight or paying off debt or to quit smoking, it’s good to have support. Now is a valuable time to line up the support so you are ready to roll on January 1. Don’t just tell others what you are doing – let them know what you need. It can be hard to lean on others but finding those that can relate or want to lend support is helpful.
4. Share your resolution: Not only will it inspire them to start working on their goals, but it will also provide additional support. Let your friends know you have a plan to start training for a 10K; are dedicated to stopping your incessant nail-biting habit; or you will be drinking eight glasses of water a day. And don’t wait – get started now!
5. Download an app: There are plenty of mobile phone apps to help you track your progress. If you are losing weight or starting an exercise plan, try Lose It or Fitness Free. Trying to get a handle on your financial debts? Check out Pay Off Debt. If you’re trying to kick a nicotine habit, try Quitter. There are apps for just about everything; now’s a great time to explore apps, download them and figure out how to use them.
Whatever you want to do, it’s a great time to start planning for it. Build up momentum so you get excited about it now and can secure support and are set up to achieve your resolutions!