New Years Resolutions
Your very first New Years Resolution should be “I want to simplify my life so I can enjoy what is truly important to me.” In order to simplify your life, you need to take a good, long, hard look at the things you have been doing in the past and decide if they represent your most important goals and values. If they do not, then you need to stop doing them. You have been wasting valuable time and energy! Decide what you most important goals and values are (only 5-7), list them on a piece of paper and underneath each one, list the actions you need to take to achieve or reinforce your goals and values. This list is what should fill your calendar. These five to seven goals should be your New Years Resolutions!!
The first thing to do is create a plan! Be specific when you describe your resolutions and make them measurable. A New Years Resolution is just a starting point. It should be a year-round project comprised of many small steps. Break down large goals into smaller ones with time frames established. Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change, and make this part of your resolution plan. Remain flexible, things change constantly and you must be able to adapt to be successful.
The second thing is to be realistic!! Setting a New Years Resolution that is unrealistic will set you up for failure immediately. Remember that “effective” time management will give you the time needed to achieve your goal. You will feel proud and successful, as well as, be a healthier and happier person! An important component to having a successful resolution is to make yourself accountable! Tell anyone and everyone what your resolution is because most people do not want to look like failures.
Finally and most importantly, make New Years Resolutions that are truly important to you and NOT what you think you ought to do or what others expect of you.