|"People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can ever imagine" ~Anonymous|
Hey guys/gals! 2013 is knocking at our doorsteps! *Gasp* Time flies fast doesn't it? I don't know about you but I'm excited and pumped up here ;D! As a gesture of my excitement I will share 3 out of my 12 resolutions for 2013:
1- Apply the habit of waking up early each day
2- Get my Driver's License and a car (Plus pass the College Board with high points)
3- Finish my first novelI'll slash the resolutions as I finish them and I'll announce the edits later on. Moving on, as the title suggests I'm going to teach you how to plan out a resolution-- which is perhaps one of the hardest things to do.
The Importance of Living with Resolutions
Resolutions are important because they are the map that guide us into implementing our goals as a lifestyle. It's a basic plan, a starting point. It's common to view resolutions as something optional or as something to think about only during the festivities of New Year but that's erroneous.
Resolutions are meant to be your guide for the rest of the year. We will always be living inside a year so it really is a matter of writing those resolutions in New Year and applying them into our daily lives.
How to Sketch out a New Year Resolution
1) Write 12 Resolutions but start out the year with only 3. When you achieve those 3 resolutions, do 3 more.
The reason for this is because if you overload your schedule with 12 resolutions all at once-- trust me your mind will blow and you'll probably end up quitting or end up super stressed. As I always say keep it simple-- step by step is the way to go!
The simpler the better because that way we can dedicate more time to our resolutions and thus have a richer and happier process in accomplishing our resolutions. Since resolutions are meant as a lifestyle and not as an end goal we will lead happier lives overall as well.
2) Have a clear view of why you are motivated on achieving each resolution
It's crucial to have a clear and valid reason that motivates us for each resolution. Write down the reason for your motivations besides every single resolution. It's easy to loose our way or to feel that impulse of giving up. That's why motivation is important-- it will refresh your mind on why you wanted this resolution in the first place and keep you on track.
3) Be totally honest and listen to your heart
Honesty is gold and the heart doesn't lie. Listen to your heart and choose resolutions that you truly wish to accomplish in your current state. The purpose of a resolution is to change an aspect in your life for the positive. It would ruin the point if you were to choose resolutions for the sake of what others want rather than what you want.
4) Keep reminders of your resolution list in places you are sure to read them daily
This can perhaps be, the most important step to accomplish your resolutions. Life can be messy at times. With the technology and issues that come upon us each day it's no wonder most of us abandon (or rather forget) about our resolutions as early as the first week. That's just scary!
No matter how good of a memory you think you have, the truth is that if you don't note down your goals anywhere-- you will forget about them and if you forget about your resolutions, then you will loose sight of what is it that you wanted in the first place. That's why it's important to remind yourself of your resolution list every single day.
I'm speaking about keeping notes of your list in places you know you will see each day without making an effort (Preferably during mornings hours). For example: your wallet, the mirror, the fridge, the toilet, your billboard, your diary, your laptop, e-mail reminders/text/phone reminders, etc.
Personally I like automatic cell phone reminder.s It rings automatically reminding me I even have resolutions. But to stay on the safe side it's best to have minimum 5 reminder sources about your resolutions gathered around places you go to on a daily basis naturally.
5) Keep it Simple. One resolution at a time
As I had already mentioned previously in this article-- keep it simple. Yes, you do in fact start the year with 3 resolutions (if that's the number you chose of course) but do only one of this 3 resolutions at a time. That's why #1 suggests you write only 10-12 resolutions. That way you could concentrate on 1 each month if it applies for the rest of resolutions you choose.
6) Review your resolutions in July (mid-year) or the last days of the months
Like any other goal system it's important to review the list midway, or if you're a fast thinker like me, once a month would do. We are dynamic beings. It's normal to change. Sometimes resolutions that resounded with our inner selves in January don't resound with us anymore by July. That's why it's important to follow your heart.
Happy New Year! :)
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