Updated: Feb 13, 2020
Since we are just over a month into 2020, it's time to dust off your list and look at what you wrote down in the first place.
Seriously, every year I start out with the “New Year, New Me” mantra. And every year I end up highly disappointed in myself for failing at my resolutions. And to be honest, I like myself. So, why would I want to be a ‘new me’, anyway? Last year, I went with a new strategy. It went so well that I have decided to diss the New Year, New Me for the New Year, New Method mantra for every year moving forward.
Hear me out. I like the direction that my life is going in. I think the steps I take to be a better, healthier, stronger, happier, etc. person are good steps. However, I find that on January 1st of every year, I need to hit the reset button and tweak the way I might be doing some of these things. I’m not here to tell you what your resolutions should be. I do want to give you some insight of how to hold yourself accountable moving towards your goals for the new year while continuing to be your amazing self. These tips will give you a chance to evaluate what you’ve been doing the past year and make the necessary changes to achieve your goals even faster.
Here are our top 8 tips for keeping your New Years Resolutions this year:
Write down your BHAGs
What are your BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS, GOALS? If you ask me, resolutions are just another way to say goals. I know that’s not the proper definition, nor are resolution and goal synonyms. But, when you set a goal, you are setting a precedent that you want to achieve a task. Meaning you have resolved the fact that you will set out to achieve what you want.
Whether that’s losing 20+ pounds, working towards a degree, buying a house, backpacking across europe, or creating a foundation- no goal is too big to chase after.
Write them down anywhere and everywhere. In your planner
9we’ll get to this later). In your diary. On your mirror. On a sticky note in your car. Tell your parents, or your best friend. The point is to not let your big dreams escape from you. The more present they are in your life, the more likely they are to follow you in your conscious and unconscious decision making.
When you put things into the universe, they are bound to happen. And, your goals are worth chasing after.
Celebrate the Milestones
Along with having huge dreams, it’s so important to recognize when you’ve achieved something small, but mighty, too. Girlfriend, when you have been pre-approved for that house or bought the plane ticket for your big trip you’ve been saving for - GO CELEBRATE! Give yourself a chance to bask in your accomplishments, thus far. Drink that glass of wine and think of how far you have come. Celebrating the small stuff will motivate you to keep pressing on.
Keep a Journal
Everyone journals differently. Some for stress relief, some for fun, some for record keeping. If you are really trying to stick to resolutions and goals, journaling is a key component of making this happen. Your journal is your friend. I know that sounds silly, but it’s true. This is the one place where I want you to be vulnerable and just yourself. Write down what was good and what wasn’t. Make note of the strides you took towards your goals. Jot down anything that you want to do better or change if you encountered it again. The purpose is to reflect on the goals you’ve set and how you’re progressing.
Keep an Idea Log
An idea log is different than a journal. While a journal is an opportunity to reflect, and idea log is a way for you to keep ideas fresh and permanent. If something pops into your head, write it down. An Idea log should be something on you at all times. If you're like me, you’ll have a notebook. Others, keep notes on their phones. When something you see, or hear, or just think of comes to mind, put it in the idea log. These ideas are things you can come back to, and will help you towards your goals later on. There’s nothing worse than thinking about that idea you had earlier on and not remembering it.
If you’re looking for something unique and inspiring, try this Siixu notebook.
Ask Open Ended Questions
There is nothing more powerful than giving yourself an opportunity to succeed. Instead of saying, “I don't have enough money to go on this trip.” Say, “How can I save money each month to take a trip to Europe?”
Be positive and specific.
The objective is to ask an answerable open ended question to help achieve your goals. Then, it’s up to you to brainstorm and fill in the blanks.
Write It In Your Planner
As mentioned previously, get. a. planner. If you have a planner, use your planner. If you have and use your planner, I'm glad that you are on my level.
All jokes aside, my planner is my survival guide and my bible. When you write down things in your planner, you are 10 times more likely to complete that task. Let’s go back to losing weight: If you schedule yourself to go to the gym three times a week in your planner, you will go. Why? Because you have blocked out time for yourself to achieve this goal.
If you want to write a book, schedule writing sessions in your planner. That way, you won't double book yourself to do something else.Let’s face it, striving towards a goal is hard (that’s why it’s a goal). So you need a way to ensure you dedicate time for yourself to achieve what you want.
Staying organized is key to accomplishing numerous things at one time. Meaning, if you are working a job, or going to school, or both, but also setting out to achieve your resolutions, you need a way to stay organized.
I personally love the Erin Condren Life Planner.
Give Yourself a Break
You’ve been working hard to achieve all that you set out for yourself. It’s time to take a breather. Reflect on your achievements and allow yourself to breathe for a few moments so you can keep pressing on. Take a hike, or a weekend getaway. Have a girls night and gossip. Or sleep in on the weekends.
You deserve a break. Enjoy it.
Cross Things Off of Your List
Finally, as you accomplish your BHAGs, one by one, cross them off. There is no better feeling than taking something off of your to-do list. It’s a great thing to physically see the progress that you've made. So, take your pen and celebrate as you accomplish each task! I promise you’ll feel amazing as you do it.