How to Write New Year Resolutions
Welcome to 2022! It’s that time of year again, where we create the goals that we would like to achieve within the upcoming year. But don’t you just hate it when the goals that always seem to be attainable, never seem to work out? Great news! I’ll show you a few tips that will help you get even closer to starting AND following through with your goals for this upcoming year. Let’s make 2022 a great one!
Before I get into the steps, I want to introduce you to (if you haven’t already heard of) a SMART goal. SMART is just an acronym for Specific, Memorable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Get it? This handy acronym is going to help us create goals that are not only specific to our growth, but goals that aren’t too big for us to complete. The perfect formula, right! Now shake up your shoulders and let’s get into this!
Tip 1: Focus on 1 resolution at a time
I know, once we get the ball rolling, we can think of 100 other things that we want to achieve in 2022. But don’t let it overwhelm you. We want to be intentional with our resolutions. Just focus on one resolution at a time so that your goals are the ones that matter.
Tip 2: Reflect on the previous year
Looking back on 2021 can be the key to having a great New Year for 2022. What were some goals you didn’t get to complete over the last year? You can structure your new goals around this so you can improve on them (using the SMART model) and have the chance to achieve them within the next year!
Tip 3: Vision boards
Creating a Vision board can be a great way to visualize your goals! It’s one thing to write them down but it’s different when they’re staring you in the face. Just grab a poster board and a couple of photos that represent your goals, paste it on your board and voila! Your vision board is complete 😊
Tip 4: Plan Ahead
If your goal is to eat healthier in the new year and your friends want to eat out at a place that doesn’t seem to have many healthy options, plan ahead! Look over the menu before you arrive so that you are prepared with your healthy choice. This is just an example of a goal to show how you can look ahead to make sure that you can follow through with your own resolutions. Preparing for the obstacles and traps that may come your way can only benefit the completion of your goals!
Tip 5: Find Your Reason
Everyone has a motivating factor that pushes them to create a resolution. Find it and remember it. This reason will allow you to remember why you wanted to achieve this goal in the first place. Some goals are great annual goals, but there are other goals that can be beneficial as a lifelong goal. Such as a daily exercise routine to improve stamina and health, or mindfully eating healthier food. Its up to you to find the reason that will motivate you!
One key thing to remember is that it's ok if you make a mistake or trip up on one of your New Year Resolutions. Just get back up, and dust yourself off. It doesn’t matter how long we take to do something as long as we follow through and complete it. Resilience is key to living a happier and healthy life!