So. Much. Pressure! Right?! What are you going to do better in 2015? What will you accomplish? What habit will you develop? What habit will you eliminate? How much money will you save? How many pounds will you lose?
There’s absolutely valid reasons why resolutions rarely stick past the third week in January. Most New Year’s Resolutions totally suck.
Let’s note that I am NOT anti-resolution. But I do think we could all use a better perspective on these so-called “resolutions”. I believe it all starts with the mindset.
Begin by reframing your resolution as an ANNUAL GOAL.
A g-o-a-l. Not a resolution. Think about your job. You don’t just “resolve” to do something your boss asks you to, and leave it at that, do you? Your management team doesn’t sit down and let you consider accomplishing your annual goals. They are goals! They are much more concrete than a wishy-washy, hopeful, kinda-sorta-maybe resolution. Eliminate that weak word and call it a goal. There’s infinite more power and strength behind your goal already!
Write your resolution, I MEAN YOUR GOAL, down.
Write it down. Write it down. Write your flipping goal down. There’s incredible amounts of research that show people that write goals down are FAR more likely to accomplish them. Do it. You’re building accountability in yourself and again, building power and strength behind your goal.
Speak words of affirmation.
On that note, speak positively about your goal(s)! There is so much power in the tongue. Speak positively about meeting your goal and show compassion to yourself. Don’t say phrases like “it’s gonna be so hard to lose these last ten pounds because of menopause,” instead, try “I am absolutely up for the challenge of losing these last ten pounds!” or “No matter how hard it is, I am 100% capable of accomplishing my goal of losing ten pounds.”
Words of affirmation have so much power. When I recall the times in my life when someone told me that “I BELIEVE IN YOU”, I cherished those words and they inspired me so much. I would recall them when times got tough, and EVEN TO THIS DAY, when I receive a really good encouraging word (via social media or elsewhere), I take a screenshot with my phone or write it down.
We can be our own worst enemy or our biggest driver to excellence. It’s time to believe in yourself and achieve your New Year’s annual goals. You can do this. You can.
What are your 2015 goals?