How many resolutions do you have written down for Monday?
Isn't it great that New Year's falls on a Monday this year, the day of the frest start. How pumped are you to get started on your resolutions and goals? Super pumped I'm sure, if you are like most of us.
Unfortunately, most of this energy and excitement wears off by the end of the first week of January and so our resolutions that we set with such great intentions fall by the way side. What if we used that energy that's motivating us now to do the planning, NOW! If it's planned out and on your schedule, you are that much more likely to actually do the steps when it comes time to do them.
Why not take out some time this quiet week between Christmas and New Year's to actually PLAN how you are going to acheive your resolutions. It's not enough to simply say that you want to: lose weight, read more, Facebook less, write a book, start a hobby, write more real letters or start a business. You NEED to plan it out.
It starts with a goal. You need to be specific about what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it, 'I want to lose 20lbs by April 30' and 'I want to write my novel by December 31' are great examples of specific goals.
Once you know WHAT you are doing, you need to figure out the HOW. 'I'm going to excercise 3 times a week, eat less processed foods and, more real food and cut back on sugar,' and 'I will write 2-3 hours a week,' are some examples of where you can start.
Next, you need to PLAN these in to your daily life. There is no magic power at midnight January 1st that will automatically make you a better person - you've got to do the work, so plan it into your day! 'Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays go to the gym or run 3K or go to pilates class.' and 'Write 1-1.5 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays before work,' are places to get you started. Decide on the steps you need to take to get you closer to your goal and write those into your planner.
Now, you simply have to follow the plan. You've got the appointment with yourself, you simply need to show up and do the work. Don't let yourself down!
Dreams always feel amazing and do-able on December 31, and with careful planning they can become reality. The trick is to use the momentum of the excitement and get it planned before mid-January rolls around, when real life sets back in and you start to think your dreams are an impossibility.
If you need more help with goals setting, that planning process or even deciding on what your New Year's Resolutions will be this year, pop over to my favourite class at Big Picture Class, Plan Your Dreams. If you don't have a membership yet, you can take a 2 week free trial which is plenty of time to turn your dreams into goals and get them planned out!