Regardless of what your resolutions may be, it takes effort to make your resolutions a reality. If you are like me, many a resolution may have bit the dust, but with these tips, you can make sure you actually hit the mark this year.
I’m an engineer by trade and in engineering we take complex problems and break them down to their simplest form. You need to do the same with your resolutions. Perhaps you’re like me and you resolve to be healthier this year. To break that down, I must limit my sweets intake to eating one serving of dessert once a week. I must exercise 5 times per week for at least 30-min and I must make sure I’m on target with my nutritional levels, as measured in my S-Health App. Do you see how I broke down my resolution into simple, specific and measurable actions?
If you’re a parent, you know the importance of routines in a child’s life. Guess what? It really doesn’t change when you become an adult. We are creatures of habit and routines HELP us, even though as adults, we tend not want to be controlled or restricted. Routines set you up for success. Routines help you limit time wasted on making decisions, as well. Be it in your money or your business, establishing routines is setting a foundation for success.
Let’s face it, no one wants to look like a slacker. Be accountable to someone with your goals and resolutions. If you don’t have someone you can trust to hold you accountable. Be accountable to your journal. That’s right—write down what you are going to do that will move you closer to your goal on a daily basis, and each night, check-in with yourself but noting in your journal what you accomplished and what may have hindered you. This daily practice will make you focus on your goals daily and will make you hold yourself accountable to getting things done.
The old quote, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” is so true! You have to plan DAILY to commit to keeping your resolutions and achieving your goals. The Bible says write the vision and make it plain. Every day should have a vision that you are writing. Don’t just wing it. Find a planner that fits what you are trying to accomplish and use it each and every day.
We all slip up every now and then, but that doesn’t mean you give up on your resolution or goal. Dust yourself off, acknowledge your mistake, and get back in the saddle. You set the goal for a reason and you owe it to yourself to achieve it. My one-year-old just started it walking. It began with him pulling up on things. Then, he would hold things and walk. Subsequently, he started letting things go and would just stand by himself. Then, he would try to take a step and would fall. He didn’t let his fall bother him though, he kept going. With grit and determination, he would push himself back up and try again and would fall again. This process lasted for a couple of months. My son is now walking. Imagine if he just said, “Forget it.” I’m just going to wait until next year because I already fell. That would be crazy! If you fall, get back up. Like they used to say in elementary school, “quitters never win.” On day 2 of this year, you know what? I missed my workout. But, you know what, I still desire to be healthier and that means I’m still going to workout on day 3. Get. Back. Up.
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