Yes, my friends… New Year’s resolutions are upon us again! Where did 2016 go?
As I begin to draft, redraft, and re-redraft my resolutions for 2017, here are my five pieces of advice for you:
1. Make sure they are clearly defined
A vague resolution, such as “workout more” should never be on your list. How would you know if you accomplished it? Put numbers behind things to make it attainable. Ex: “Go to the gym 3 times a week” or “Run a marathon”.
2. Don’t have too many big goals
Last year I had three huge goals and not one of them got accomplished. I tried to split my time between all three which made it impossible to fully complete one. Instead, focus on the one that you deem most important and put all your energy towards it.
3. Post them somewhere you will see every day
Where did you write down your goals from last year? Mine were on a note in my phone that I opened up maybeeeee three times over the last year #fail. These New Year’s resolutions need to be somewhere that you see every day! Even set up monthly checkins with ourself to see what you have succeeded on and what needs to be focused on more.
4. Refine them when needed
I had a goal this year of relearning basic French. I studied French in school and have always wanted to refresh my skills. But then I unexpectedly moved to Miami where the language spoken around town is sometimes more Spanish than even English. When I made my goals up last year I never knew I would be in need of Spanish instead of French. Life throws us unexpected changes, which means you should be able to tweak your goals accordingly mid-year if needed.
5. Don’t rush the process
New Year’s resolutions should not (and cannot) come together in 5 minutes. You should write these goals down, think about them, come back days later to tweak/change/add items to the list, put it down for a while, and come back to them one last time to make sure they are all clear and truly what you want to focus on for the year. This is at least a week process, so get started now!
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017?