Read this blog post if you set New Year’s resolutions but struggled (or even failed) to keep them. This will kickstart your New Year and get you moving forward on your resolutions again!
People love setting New Year’s resolutions. They create goals that they hope to pursue in the coming year. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions and most end up faltering and failing in January or February.
So it’s time for an honest resolution check-up – we’re approximately 1 month into the New Year… how have you been doing with your resolutions?
Some of you have been hammering through your goals like rock stars and are well on your way to losing weight, quitting smoking, doing more real estate deals, or whatever your resolutions were.
But some of you have totally forgotten your resolutions – right? You know you made some but now you have to reach back into your memory to remember what they were.
Regardless of whether you’re blasting through your goals with no problem or you can’t quite remember what your resolutions were, you’ll love this “1 month check-in” that I’ve created below to make sure that YOU are following your resolutions. Just go through each of these steps to reinvigorate your passion for your resolutions…
Realign With Your Vision: Start by thinking about your vision for the future. What do you want your life to be like in the future? Chances are, that vision is one of the reasons you set your resolutions in the first place. So get realigned with what you were wanting to achieve.
Realize Your Success So Far: You’ve probably had SOME success, no matter how small. (Heck, even the feeling of guilt you feel when you know you should be following through but aren’t is your brain successfully reminding you of your resolutions). So think back on the success you’ve had and celebrate it.
Review Your Plan: When you made your resolutions, you also made a plan, right? (You didn’t just say “I want to lose weight” or something like that did you?) Every goal and resolution needs a plan… a step-by-step strategy that will allow you to follow through. So make sure you’ve created one and then review it carefully to make sure it’s realistic.
Remove Obstacles: The success of our goals and resolutions is often dependent not on our desire (or lack thereof) but on the obstacles that are in our way. If you WANT to achieve your goals but have not been able to, perhaps there are obstacles in your way. Make a list of the things holding you back (some will be internal, others external) and work through them.
Renew Your Commitment: Look within and consider whether you’ve been as committed as you want to be. If you have been, great. But since the majority of resolution-setters are not committed, think about why. Are you focusing too much on the short-term pain and not enough on the long-term gain? Keep the long-term view in mind here.
Request Accountability: This one’s a pro tip and it’s SO powerful. Find someone to hold you accountable. That could be a friend, family member, or mentor – but SOMEONE needs to check in with you regularly and be honest enough to call you out when you’re not performing.
It’s time to reach your goals!
If you want to achieve your New Year’s resolutions, spend some time this week working through the checklist above. And if you really want to knock your goals out of the park this year, schedule time weekly or monthly to review this checklist.