The holidays are over and we are now into a brand new year. I wish you the happiest of New Years and blessings for your family. What are you doing this year that you did not do last year? What resolutions have you made? Today I want to talk about setting and keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.
Most people make a list of things they want to change and then by the middle of February that list gets buried under all the paperwork on the desk or tossed into the recycling bin with everything else. Why do you think we make lofty goals and then fail to follow through? Patterns are hard to break. Change takes time.
When you sit down and think about the changes you want to make, keep things simple. Choose one or two things that you really want to make a change with. Instead of saying “I want to be healthy this year” break things down into smaller goals. Like drinking more water, eating more fruit, walking more….Take things one step at a time.
Choose something that is truly important to you, not what everyone else is doing or what you think they would want you to do. Think about who you want to be and take steps to become that person; one tiny step at a time. Avoid choosing the same thing you tried last year, you will remember your past failure and it will be harder for you to achieve your goal.
Don’t view your setbacks as total failure. It takes 21 days of doing something to create a habit. If you can keep up with something for 21 days, chances are you are well on your way to forming a new routine. Consider keeping a journal, where you can write about your successes and struggles. Write down the reasons you are working toward your goal so that you can refer to them during times when you feel uninspired and unmotivated.
Explain what your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal. Having a support system works. The more people to help you achieve your goals the better off you are.
One thing I do is choose a word to describe my year. My word for 2015 is growth. There are different ways to grow. I can grow in my professional life, as a writer, as a mom, as a wife, I can grow spiritually as well. All of these are good things. I will map out a few things I want to do to help myself grow in specific areas. Things like classes I want to take, or bible studies I would like to join, and then I will let the growth happen. I keep a journal so that at the end of the year I can go back and read about the changes that happened and the things that I learned.
What resolutions are you making? Have you chosen a word for 2015?
XO Erica- Find me on my blog HERE :)