It’s that time again and have you made your New Year’s Resolutions? Or are you like many well-intentioned people who have decided it’s a losing battle and not worth the aggravation?
New Year’s Resolutions are always filled with good intentions and hope for a better life this year than we had last year. But what happens when February rolls around and our good intentions have become a source of frustration and self-recrimination? There are many reasons why resolutions don’t stick. See if any of these feel familiar:
– Too big or too unrealistic and what’s worse, they create a sense of “Overwhelm-Induced Inertia.”
– Floating Resolutions – they’re not attached to your vision.
– Externally motivated and again, what’s worse they’re what someone else thinks you should do or want!
– There’s no detailed plan or strategy to reach them, they’re all talk and no action; or perhaps your plan is simply too broad and not specific enough and it lacks of motivation or follow-through.
– Too rigid or absolute.
If you want to create positive change in your life, here are some strategies to help you increase your chances for success:
– Choose a resolution that feels manageable, yet still challenges you.
– Be sure your resolution or goal is clearly attached to your vision; achieving it will take you toward your vision rather than away from it.
– Be clear that your resolution is something YOU want.
– Have a plan that not only defines the major steps over time, but also the small, individual action steps you can take on a daily basis.
– Create some system of accountability; enlist the help of a Buddy who is as motivated as you are.
– As you work your plan, allow the process to evolve and be refined.
Step up and resolve to make it a powerful and fulfilling 2016!