Deciding on a resolution seems like the hardest part of the New Year... until you actually have to adhere to it. It's then that you realize picking a resolution is much easier than sticking to it. So how can you make resolutions for 2014 that are reasonable, attainable, and still fulfilling? Here are 7 tips...
1. Make a plan
Create a comprehensive plan with a BIG goal that is very specific, choose a date to have it accomplished by, and set lots of little goals that will get you there. Write it down on a calendar so you will have something small to work on every day or every week (depending on how big your goal is).
2. Know your limits
When you sit down to make a resolution plan, keep your limits in mind. Think back to when you have tried to accomplish this (or any other resolution) in the past and acknowledge the walls you hit then. Anticipating your burn-outs will help you set attainable goals. Also keep your work/social schedule in mind when writing out your plan. If your resolution is to get to bed by 9 pm every night but you don't get home until 8 pm on Thursdays, you will need to plan ahead. This brings us to the next tip...
3. Set yourself up for success
Look ahead every week and visualize your successes. Notice the days that might be particularly difficult and plan ahead to make it easier on yourself. What can you do now to make it easier on yourself then? Say your goal is to save money, but you love to spend Saturdays shopping with friends. Instead of giving in to this temptation or suffering through an outing while they splurge and you gaze longingly into their shopping carts, find some neat thrift stores in your area to explore or plan another fun activity that is easier on your wallet like hiking or hosting a book club!
4. Hold yourself accountable
Cross-off the goals you have attained as you progress. This feels SO good and will encourage you to stick to your plan. If you are thinking about skipping a daily goal consider this: missing today's workout will make tomorrow's even harder. Another way to hold yourself accountable is to download the app Lift and use it daily. Lift is a simple app that allows you to set your own goals and check off the progress you make daily.
5. Remember that it's the journey, not the destination
Celebrate your successes every day. Even if the scale doesn't seem any more forgiving, just meeting today's goal to go for a run is a win. Give yourself a pat on the back! Appreciating the process will allow you to feel closer to your desired result every day. You are making progress.
6. Talk about your resolution
Being vocal about your intentions to your family and friends will help you accomplish your goals because their support will get you through the toughest of days. Mention your resolution as soon as you have a plan and share updates as you go along. Chances are, they'll start checking in with you which will help you stay on task. You may even find someone else who wants to join you - work on it together!
7. Stay inspired
If your goal is to save up enough money to afford the down payment on your dream home, then make an inspiring Pinboard with pictures of what you imagine your dream home will be like. Any time you are thinking of spending money frivolously instead of saving it, visit your Pinboard so you can be reminded of why you have set this resolution for yourself. Add to it whenever you can! Whatever your goal is, create a place where you can go and be inspired to accomplish that goal.
Still need a little oomph? Check out The Happiness Project for daily tips. Or, stop into Sunflower and browse our book section! We have lots and lots of books that range from vegan cookbooks, to yoga instructionals, and ways to live a greener lifestyle. Good luck this year. Whatever changes you would like to make, we know you've got it in you!
Health & happiness,
* Post by Julia Marchand