Need to make your New Years Resolutions stick?
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. -Jim Rohn-
When creating New Years resolutions for 2015 isn't it just so easy to get caught up in creating a plan to become the best super-human cyborg version of yourself ever? It's so tempting to create a laundry list of what she's doing, and what he's up to and oooh wouldn't it be great if you were more like that person? So many people set goals based on what they see others doing, because it sounds nice to have. But how many of them are taking the time to stop and think if it is just nice to have or something they truly want? There is a difference, and truly wanting it is the difference between creating a new way of life that excites your or burning yourself out trying to be someone else. This year let's set ourselves up to become bigger, brighter versions of ourselves shall we?
Some great ways to make that happen:
Spend some time with your head in the clouds... and then write down what you dreamt of!
Create a dream board... aka permission to spend time on Pinterest. Hunt down pictures that represent your dreams. Check back often for inspiration :)
Choose a word of the year... can you sum up what you want for the year ahead in one word?Chant it under your breath. Plaster it on your wall. Scribble it on your hand. Make it your password. Basically, use it as a constant reminder you can't ignore.
Choose core desired feelings... a la Danielle Laporte. How do you want to feel this year? Set goals & act accordingly. If you want to feel strong avoiding the gym and letting people walk all over you probably won't bring about that outcome.
Take daily action.... take baby steps every day towards your goals, whether that is actual action or reviewing what you want to achieve. Spending time with your goals each day will keep them at the forefront of your mind.
Write a weekly Ta-Da list... write down all the things you have achieved throughout the week. This is something I am actually adding to my arsenal this year because I never give myself enough credit and forgetting what I've achieved.
Schedule time at the beginning of each month to review what you've achieved the last 4 weeks and create goals for the next ahead.
Speaking of reviews, quarterly reviews are great to check in if you are on track to achieve your goals. Maybe you need to change direction or perhaps owe yourself a congratulatory pat on the back! These are also a great time to set new goals if you've already achieved yours or want to set out on a new course.
My favorite part of each year is working through Leonie Dawson's Create Your Amazing Life & Biz Workbook in December and reviewing it throughout the year. This will be my 5th year in a row ( !!! ) using her workbook. I can't wait to get this year's in the mail, previously it was always a digital download you print out on your own but this year it is a pre-printed spiral bound book, be still my heart!
Have a planner you love, and fill it with your goals, to do's and inspiring words. Planners are a great touchstone of keeping everything together and an easy way to see everything together daily. This year I got a Molang Diary and I'm so excited to have its cuteness in my greedy little paws. ^_^