[tps_header]For many, the New Year is a time of intention setting, when we vow to shed bad habits and go after our goals. I know it is for me. I used to always tell people my New Year Resolutions were a secret and that it would be bad luck if I told them. But then I realised I was just rationalising not telling anyone so only I would know the results. We can set resolutions and stick to them, but sometimes we just need a plan. Here are a few ways to help manifest your intentions and goals into reality.[/tps_header]
Keep a log
Whether you opt for a handwritten notebook or an online diary, tracking your progress helps you stay honest. And the more that you monitor your performance, the better you’ll do at sticking to your goals. There are numerous online apps and tools specifically for setting and recording goals, too!
Start with a pretty attainable goal. Accomplishing it will get you excited, keep you focused, and motivate you to go after your other resolutions, increasing the chances you’ll succeed.
Set a routine
They say it takes 2 weeks to make something into a routine. Once we get used to logging/tracking daily, at a specific set time, it will soon become part of our routine and a habit, like brushing our teeth. And, setting reminders (ie: a notification alarm on your phone) will help remind you of your routine.
Know it’s a process
Perfection is unrealistic. There are bound to be minor hiccups along the way and that is completely normal. We all have ups and downs, so don’t give up. Resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track – you want your goals to be a source of pride, not punishment.
Celebrate each success
Regardless of how big or small, celebrate each accomplishment. Keep a little money saved and get yourself a tiny treat with each success; however you enjoy celebrating, reward yourself as incentive. It doesn’t have to big or fancy, but make sure to pat yourself on the back and look forward to your next success and celebration.