5 Simple Steps to New Year’s Resolution Success

By Janet Luhrs, www.simpleliving.com

I have a great idea for you – a new way to make new years resolutions that you might actually keep. Imagine that! How about if right now, you find 30 minutes to sit down in a comfy place, play some good music, and give some good thought to what you’d really love this upcoming year. 

First, rather than just making a simple list that you fire off quickly, think deeply about what’s most important to you, and where you want to be this time next year as you look back. As you work on this list, those things that are most important to you will become clear and your resolutions will come from these. This is what gives you the clarity and vision you’ll need, behind your list of resolutions.

Second, keep your resolutions simple, clear, and measurable. If you can’t measure or see your movement on a resolution, then how will you know you’ve reached your goal? For example: “I want to be healthier in 2016” sounds great, but that can cover a wide variety of areas and the resolution itself is not measureable. “I commit to better cardio health by doing 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week” is clear, simple, and measureable.

Third, keep it fun! Find a way to add even a smidgen of fun to mundane goals, such as committing to flossing every day to your favorite music. There are creative and silly ways to approach just about everything.

Fourth, stay focused. Making a long, varied list of resolutions that cover health, finances, relationships and education will look good on paper but long lists are nearly impossible to achieve. So instead, take on just one or two and maintain your focus on those two. As you find yourself experiencing success with those, then maybe in June you can add one or two more resolutions to your plan.

Fifth, practice daily. As you touch base on working toward success each day, your resolutions become a part of your wiring and daily routine. Daily practice makes ingrained habits and lifestyle changes. When that happens you can attain just about any reasonable goal you desire.

What are some ways that you have found success in your resolutions? We would love to hear what works for you.

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