Honestly, I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! I always have the feeling that the year is over so quickly but actually when I think about it, it seems as if it was endless. So much happened this year and so much changed, and I think that’s nearly every year the case. Is that weird, or do you also feel that way at the end of the year? Anyway, maybe it’s just me, but I’m quite sure that it’s definitely not just me, who thinks about tons of New Year’s resolutions and at the end didn’t accomplish even one of them. Am I right?
Well, guys, not anymore! With this guide, you will definitely accomplish every single one of your New Year’s resolutions for sure. All you have to do is keep on reading, follow the instructions and baaaaam, at the end of the year you’ll be like “Whaaaat? I accomplished all my resolutions, my life’s perfect now!” (or something like that). Sounds quite nice, right?
So, now that you’re in the mood of diving right into 2017 with 100% motivation that this year’s gonna be a-ma-zing, get yourself a nice pen, a sheet of paper and your New Year’s resolutions to mind.
You eat with your eyes.
That might sound a bit crazy to you, since this is actually not about food, right? But this saying isn’t actually just true for eating. When writing your resolutions, make sure to write on a clean, pretty sheet of paper with decent pens and maybe some kind of nice typography if you’re good at this stuff. Making your list look pretty will just enhance your motivation and you’ll be much more happy to complete all your resolutions.
To-Do is to do.
I guess every one of you has sometimes in their lives written a To-Do list. And the typical thing on a To-Do list is, that you somewhere have like a little square or bullet to tick it as soon as you completed the task. So, when you’re about to write your resolutions for the upcoming year, just write it as if you were writing a To-Do list and include bullets to tick. This way it seems as if you have to do the stuff on your list and therefore you’ll be much more likely to actually do it. And let’s face it, what’s more annoying than an undone To-Do list?
I think the most likely mistake you are making when writing your resolutions is to overestimate yourself. By doing this, you’re very very likely to just give up and fail to even accomplish a single thing on your list. So, instead of saying “Oh, I want to travel to Australia for a month and see a lot of countries there.” when you actually know that you don’t have the money to do that you should rather write something like “I’m going to save money every month, so I can travel to Australia someday.”, which is a much more realistic goal. This way you will be very likely to actually accomplish your resolution and therefore your unrealistic goal will soon become more and more realistic and you’ll be able to accomplish it one day.
Don’t beat around the bush.
This kind of goes with the rule I just mentioned. When staying realistic don’t be too abstract. Try to set your goal as tight and specific as possible. Maybe instead of saying “I want to work out more” you could specify that and say “I’m going to work out three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the morning.”. By specifying your goals, you basically already schedule them and plan ahead so you can reach your goal much more easily.
All good things come to an end.
And so do resolutions, if you accomplish them. To get even more motivation to accomplish your goals, set deadlines when you want to accomplish them or when you want to do certain things. For example if you want to save more money this year, you could set your goal by saying “I want to have 500€ by the end of September.” When having a certain time frame, you will work towards that date and have your goal always in mind.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
When you completed your pretty, realistic, specific, To-Do list, get some magazines or the internet and look for some motivational photos that fit your goals, cut or print them and stick them next to your resolutions. If you want to save money, you could print a photo of the purpose you want the money for, maybe a trip to Australia or a new bag. If you want to be more active, find a photo of a good-looking person with a fit body and stick it next to your resolutions. Seeing the results and the outcome of your resolutions will help you stay on track for sure.
Out of sight, out of mind.
I’m sure in the past few years you wrote down your resolutions or maybe just thought about them and after a week into the new year your list was at the bottom drawer of your desk where you basically never look into and stayed there until now. Right? And basically that’s the reason why you never completed your list, because you just didn’t see it and didn’t think about it anymore. To always remind yourself of the goals you have for 2017, hang your list somewhere in your room, maybe even frame it (because you made it so pretty with your nice handwriting and the photos, right?!) and keep it in sight. And feel free to feel bad when you see it every day and know you didn’t start to accomplish your resolutions. Hehe.
Actions speak louder than words.
What I like to do at the end of every year is to write a letter to myself about all the stuff that happened the past year, all the goals I accomplished and all the stuff that I went through and where I’m standing right now. Then I put it into an envelope and seal it and when the year passed, at New Year’s Eve, I open it up for the first time and read it. This will not only show me how good it feels to accomplish my goals but also will remind me of the year, how it went, what changed and maybe let me realize that some stuff I went through which made me feel bad in the end maybe turned into something good and something I’m thankful for. And after reading that letter, I go on and write a new one, which I’ll open in a year time.
And at the end, just remember where there’s a will there’s a way!