Welcome, 2013! It's open season: time to leverage that new page in a new calendar which is giving us permission for a fresh start.
Most of us make resolutions for the new year. People have been doing it since some kind of calendar existed. I can imagine people laboring away with pieces of flint, carving their resolutions on the back cave wall.
Sure, they probably were different resolutions than we have now. Then: 'don't get eaten by a big scary animal' vs. now: 'limit Botox treatments.'
There's something that hasn't changed though - we still don't keep most of our resolutions. Why not? Here are the top reasons:
- We don't have an accountability coach to hold us to the resolution.
- We don't check-in on progress.
- The resolution wasn't something we truly wanted to do or change.
- The resolution was just too grand.
- You don't believe in yourself or your abilities.
How can you increase your chances of sticking with resolutions? Here are some ideas:
- Write them down.
- Get a buddy to keep you accountable and check in with you.
- Review resolutions monthly if not more often.
- Resolve to make changes in your life you truly want.
- Break down a lofty goal into smaller goals you can actually achieve.
- Reinforce the positive by becoming parts of real and virtual communities that are all about encouragement and align to your goals and objectives.
Here's to a great year, and to achieving your resolutions!