2017 is almost among us. As a result, people are starting to create New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list?
Do you want to make more money? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be a better person to everyone you meet? The great — and special — thing about New Year’s resolutions is the simple fact that you get to make them. Sure, you can seek help when you are brainstorming them, but your resolutions are completely up to you.
In a nutshell, a resolution is something you plan on doing (such as working out every day), or something you want to put an end to (such as procrastinating on big projects). In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions taking over the scene, here are three steps that will help you create and conquer your New Year’s resolutions.
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3 Steps For Creating And Conquering Your New Year’s Resolutions
- Get Very Detailed With These Resolutions
- Cater Your Resolutions To Things You Truly Care About
- Make A Plan For Your Resolutions
Get Very Detailed With These Resolutions
Don’t just say you want to lose weight or be more healthy, say you want to lose 20 points, or get down to 12 percent body fat. Don’t just say you plan on making more money in 2017, say you will make $1,000 more a month, $5,000 more a month, $10,000 more a month or however much you desire.
Don’t be too vague with these resolutions. If you do write down something vague, then how are you supposed to know what that means? For example, you could say you want to make more money in 2017 and end up making $1,000 more simply because your hourly rate/salary went up. Would you count that as meeting your resolution/goal? You did nothing on your part (other than being a good employee, which should be expected) to turn your resolution into a reality.
Resolutions should be something you eliminate or gain. They should not consist of an entrepreneur standing still. If your New Year’s resolution is making more money every month, then you need to do something to make that happen, such as working more hours or acquiring another stream of income.
“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” – Denis Waitley
Cater Your Resolutions To Things You Truly Care About
Don’t just make New Year’s resolutions to make them. Make resolutions that you truly care about, things that will actually impact your life and the people’s lives around you. Here’s the deal, if a resolution actually means more than just a couple of words on a piece of paper, then you are more likely to stick with it the entire year.
Get very meaningful with this process. Reflect on 2016 and see what you need to eliminate in 2017. Look back at 2016 and see what you can do better in 2017. From there, you can create your resolutions. You are the one who has to live with these resolutions, so make sure they are worth your time.
After all, you are going to work harder to make these resolutions come true if they are close to the heart. This is one of the ways you ensure that you stay motivated all year long when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions.
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Make A Plan For Your Resolutions
Most people are inspired to create resolutions at the end of the year. However, a lot of people tend to forget about their resolutions a week or two into the new year. This is why you see so many people at the gym at the beginning of January and a major drop-off by the time St. Patrick’s Day rolls around (perhaps sooner). Unfortunately, people treat their goals and dreams the same way. They feel inspired, write them down and then forget about them in no time. That’s why so many people are unhappy with their current situations and why so many people are working in fields that they don’t love. This is your life, and you have the power to make it as good as you want to make it.
The point? You have to make a plan for your resolutions. You have to welcome them into your life. How do you do this? Well, you actually add them to your schedule. Also, and this is a big one, instead of saying you will make $10,000 more in 2017, say you will make $3,000 more by March. You have to attach deadlines next to your goals. While you’re at it, you might as well attach them next to your resolutions as well.
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
A lot of people will say to make fewer resolutions so you can really focus on them. That might be the best route if you have trouble holding yourself accountable to your goals, dreams and resolutions, but you are an entrepreneur, meaning you are a very motivated person. If you want to make two resolutions, then make two resolutions. If you want to make five, 10, 20 or 100 resolutions, then do just that. Just make sure to make a plan for every single resolution and to also hold yourself accountable to them.
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