What follows is a list of tips that will help guide you to successful resolution planning, implementation and follow-through. My sincerest good wishes for a sensational 2009!
Get in Touch With Your Motivation: The word resolution means determination. To be determined to do something you should feel strongly about it and be firm about your purpose. What is your motivation? What drives you to choose this particular goal? Write down the benefits and advantages you will receive when you accomplish this goal and the disadvantages if you don’t. Be sure that these are important and powerful enough to make a real difference in your life. (See my Newsletter on Motivation by clicking here.)
Create a Plan: With a written plan your resolution becomes more concrete. It is not just an idea residing in your head but something you’ve translated into workable steps. These steps should be thoughtful and achievable. They should be incremental so that each one leads to the other.
Think in Positive Terms: Define your goal(s) in terms of what you want to do rather than what you will not do. For example if your resolution was to cope more effectively with your anger in 2007 then your plan might be to become more accepting or tolerant or understanding of others rather than simply “not be angry”.
Think in “Lifestyle” Terms: Whatever your resolution may be it is critical to your success to see it as part of a improved lifestyle you want to enjoy. If you want to lose weight for example, you would do well to think about becoming healthier throughout the year by making better food choices as well as being more active on a regular basis.
Get Help if Necessary: To incorporate important changes into your improved lifestyle plan you may need some help. To get fit for example you may want to hire a personal trainer or enroll in a fitness or yoga program. To improve your relationship you may want to get some relationship coaching. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need.
Allow for Setbacks: Even with the best of intentions and a strong will sometimes things don’t work out quite the way we want them to. Keep pushing forward! A person should not give up on his fitness program because he was unable (or unmotivated) to train for a couple of weeks. Recognize that creating a new improved pattern of behavior requires perseverance. Be flexible enough to sustain a setback and then go on with the plan.
Share Your Resolutions With Others: Tell your trusted friends or loved ones what your plan is. It is a good idea to let others know about the changes you want to make in your life. Their support can help keep you on track.
Go For Balance: Choose a plan that will enhance your life rather than restrict it. For example if your resolve to become more financially successful in 2007, it might not require that you simply devote more time to work. Instead you might spend more time becoming more creative by freeing yourself up from the details of day to day work activity. Creating a balanced life, one that gives you time for yourself, family and friends will provide a far better environment for you to succeed in achieving your goal.