How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
I really struggled to write this article. I wanted to write something about New Year’s Resolutions and what we need to do to regroup and focus on our business and ourselves. Researching this, I found plenty of articles for inspiration, too many. You don’t need another article on starting the New Year off on the right foot and how to analyze your successes and failures of the past year. So, assuming you have or are in the process of choosing your resolutions, I am writing to give you tips on sticking with them.
Try not to view resolutions as all or nothing. If you hate working out, then your resolution to work out every day is not going to work. You are going to be miserable and finally stop, then beat yourself up for breaking your resolution again. Instead, find something you enjoy doing, and do it. View it as an investment in yourself. Take away the mindset of CHANGING, but view it as INVESTING in who you are.
Steve Mores with Dynamic Air Quality Solutions recently wrote an article for Comanche Marketing about Risk Taking. He referenced a mantra, Everything is learnable, from Marelisa Fabrega, for changing your life:
· I wish I were…
· I wish I had…
· I wish I knew how to…
Use these questions to help decide how to invest in yourself. Find something important to you, not what is expected of you by society or someone else.
Create a plan.
Set your goal, define the steps to get there, and focus on the process. Make small changes that will become habits. Be prepared for obstacles and how you will overcome them.
Follow the Experts.
You don’t have to do it alone. Find people who have been there and can help you achieve your goals. Whether online or in-person, build a network of resources.
They can help you with questions, give you advice, and offer support.
Find ways to hold yourself accountable.
Share your goals with a friend, print them, and post on your bulletin board, anything that will hold you accountable. This is hard to do. Letting someone know your goals also lets someone know when you don’t reach them.
But this is probably one of the most important steps to take in holding yourself accountable.
Don’t beat yourself up if you fall or fail.
Author Brené Brown offers the advice, ‘Talk to yourself like you would talk to someone you love.’ However, the late musician Daniel Johnston said, ‘Most of the worst things said about me, I’ve said myself.’
A lot of us tend to treat ourselves more like Daniel than Brené. Everyone makes mistakes; it is what you learn and how you react to them that will make you a better person.
Remember, you are investing in yourself. Make yourself a priority. The goal you chose was important to you. Sometimes you just need to remind yourself why this was important to you.
Lynn Wise is the Founder and CEO of Contractor in Charge.
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