When it comes to setting New year’s Resolutions there are a few things you should do to prepare yourself for success in advance. By following this advice you will actually enjoy the process of setting your resolutions and achieving them.
One of the first things you want to do when setting a new resolution is to not make it open to being either a success or a failure. Instead of having only two options create your resolution so that it is setting you up to succeed. This is why it is important to create smaller resolutions along the way. As you reach each one you will feel good about it and be motivated to continue.
Tracking your resolutions is something that you want to plan for. By tracking your progress you can celebrate your successes. Plus you can identify any weak areas and spend more time working on them. To track your resolutions you can use something as simple as a basic spreadsheet and then record your progress. Some people prefer to track weekly while other prefer to use a daily tracking system.
Set yourself a monthly, weekly or daily target that you can achieve. This could be something such as reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke or not having that beer after work each night. As you meet each small resolution you are again setting yourself up for continued success.
For business related resolutions try to set minimum numbers as targets as opposed to maximum numbers.
Setting appropriate resolutions will help you set up for success. Don’t set a resolution for something that you already do on a regular basis. A new resolution should be based around something that you are not good at, or one that could be classified as a bad habit. Here is a complete list of online resources to help to set and achieve your New Year’s Resolutions.
When necessary ask for help for achieving your resolutions. At work if you are not good at something see if there is help available. Or is it possible to get this task delegated to someone else? Look for options when it comes to setting resolutions, especially for those tasks that you really don’t like doing.
Plan out a method for reaching your resolution before you even start working on it. The majority of people who just decide on a resolution will fail without having a good plan of action in place first.
Even if you are not sure of all the steps just start outlining your first one or two steps. As you begin your journey you may identify other steps that are required for you to be successful. Simply add these into your plan of action.
One good way to create a plan of action is to look at your resolution in reverse. Think about how you would have gotten there and write down the steps. It is often easier to think in reverse when it comes to resolution planning!
A great example of this is having a resolution of owning your first home. The last thing you do is sign the deal and pay for the house. So how do you raise the money for your home, how did you choose your location and so on. As you create your list backwards you have just completed a plan of actionable steps.
If you plan on creating new resolutions then recording your resolutions will help you with your next resolution. You will have a plan in place that you can follow to a certain extent. More importantly though, your recording of your first plan will highlight any problem areas you had. You will be more aware of them this time around and will know how to deal with them.
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Wishing you much success in 2015!