Start The New Year With A New You
Do you ever say at the beginning of the year that it is a fresh start so let’s kick off the New Year with a new you?
But do you ever get past those first few days with your goals and dreams?
It’s not easy, but I can help you make it easier with these tips and ideas to get you on the right path to success!
New Year Resolutions And How To Keep Them
I think it’s so important to have goals and dreams that you want to reach!
However, you have to change your mindset before you start because the person you were on the last day of the year is still there on the first day of the year too!
What I mean is, you haven’t suddenly developed willpower, the chance to see into the future.
So, why do we all suddenly think that we will be able to do everything on our wish list if we never completed your resolutions from last year!
In truth, you won’t! What you need is a plan, something a bit more detailed than a scribbled note on a napkin!
You need to find a way to accomplish your dreams, it’s not impossible but it is going to take some work to get there!
Setting goals is simple, the fun starts when you start to put actions into place!
Setting Your Goals And Dreams For The New Year New You
It’s important to set goals, to dream and want to choose the direction you want to go, but to do this without a plan on how you intend to arrive will often mean your dreams drift by without you acting upon them.
It is like wanting to win the lottery but never playing.
You must have somewhere to go, you can’t drift by without a plan for your life!
You have to have goals, dreams, and desires, these are what makes life worth living.
They are what get you out of bed every morning and give you that spring in your step, even after a long and hard day!
It’s those big long-term dreams that one day will become reality!
If you want to have the ‘New Year new you’ experience, then you need to start creating a plan!
Think about what you want, what you want to accomplish this next year and make plans to make it happen!
How To Make New Year Resolutions
To make New Year resolutions that you will be able to follow require a plan!
It has to be detailed enough to get you to the end of the year, but don’t create this monster plan that you might need to change!
Formulate your plan, the one that takes you on a journey of self-discovery and closer to your goals and dreams.
New Year resolution ideas:
- Dream big
- Break these down into smaller parts
- Track your progress
- Make adjustments throughout the year
You need to make the goal a commitment which you can spend time working towards, making little steps each month and aiming for your goals and your dreams.
Without planning how you are going to succeed, you will never know how to get there and without tracking your progress how will you know when you reach your goals and dreams!
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Planning Is The Key To Success
It’s so important that you plan; this is your key that you have in opening up the doors to a successful resolution and working towards a long-term goal.
You must pick achievable resolutions or goals. Something that you can control.
You can’t plan to win the lottery, no matter how hard you try or how much money you spend on buying lottery tickets, there’s no guarantee that you are going to win.
So, when you are thinking about goals make sure they are reachable.
Make them time focused, and don’t be vague!
You want your goals to have a deadline and a value that you can track, it will make it easier to keep your mind on your goal and something to strive for!
How To Create Plans To Reach Your Goals
If you choose a goal to reach by the end of the year, you must plan steps for you to do every week or month, which moves you further towards that goal.
It’s about creating an endpoint and working backward filling in all the steps you need to take!
They don’t have to be giant steps, it is easier to take small steps which are manageable that will quickly add up to make positive steps towards your goal.
Write down these steps that you need to take to make your goal possible, no matter what it is, as long as it is realistic.
Sometimes, writing the goals down can show just how much time you need to achieve something. You might have to take a few steps back and other times you might miss out a few.
It just depends on your goals and your desires too, as to the length of time they are going to take, but it is possible to move forward in the right direction as long as you have a plan.
But, remember plans can change and so to can goals, they aren’t written in stone if your life changes direction your goals might too, this is one reason why I only plan the details one quarter at a time!
Breaking Down Your Goals And Making Positive Changes
If a goal is being difficult to break down then chances are it might be unrealistic to achieve.
A goal that is achievable is one that you can organize into your daily or weekly routine.
Have a weekly target which you are hoping to achieve. It is important that you don’t give up and you can work through the willpower issues often associated with resolutions, but remember you are worth the effort.
You must decide that you won’t repeat the same resolutions next year because you will be a step closer to meeting your goals and becoming the new you.
Take your resolutions to a point where you can make positive changes this coming year.
Don’t make goals that you know you won’t achieve as this will make you feel that you’ve let yourself down.
Make sure your goals are reasonable and something that you can take action towards every single day!
Use the concept of SMART goals:
S – Specific
Don’t expect miracles, for goals to work you actually have to take steps and take action towards them for your journey to begin!
Who Should Make Goals
I really believe everyone should make goals for the year, from moms to the elderly!
There is nothing worse than not knowing what you want to do, a focus, something to keep you going even on the busiest days!
Begin today and start making those positive changes in your life!
It is hard to stick to resolutions some years. I am hoping this year I can do it.
Hi Ellen, thanks for visiting I know what you mean so I am breaking mine down into monthly goals!
I really liked how you said if you can’t break down the goal it is probably not practical. I have often seen the plan falter for lack of realistic goals. That is a great piece of wisdom to think on.
Hi Dawn, thanks for your kind comments. It is so easy to make unrealistic goals!
I agree with you 100%. I have struggled in the past with making and achieving goals.
This year I chose 1 very specific and measureable business goal and used a spreadsheet to break that into monthly goals. I even came up with daily page view goals for my blog to keep me on track toward my monthly goals.
Hi Dawn, thanks for commenting, I have broken mine down into daily goals too I think this is the only way I can achieve my long term goals!
Working on this for myself and with each of our kids right now. We’re each picking a habit to work on or goal to achieve in the month of January. Being able to break things down into manageable parts if definitely a key to accomplishing them.
Totally agree with breaking things down if there are manageable you are more likely to accomplish. Thanks for visiting:)
This is so good. So often I get all these ideas in my head of what I am going to so and then I getoverwhelmed and give up. Thank you for this.
Happy New Year Sharon!
I have given up on New Year resolutions. I don’t think my heart was ever really in them. But I think it is important to have goals. We’ve set a big one for this year and getting to it is definitely going to mean breaking things down into smaller parts.
Hi Sam, even though they are called resolutions I think really they are goals, something to keep focus for the year to get where you want in life and business. Thanks for visiting:)
Woah! That’s a lot of links to check out! Thanks for compiling this!
Thanks for reading hope you enjoy!
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