The beginning of a new year can trigger in most of us a desire to change in some way for the better. We go about making resolutions and setting new goals with the best of intentions, only to see ourselves fall short. Why? because we want results immediately as in RIGHT NOW.
Let’s explore resolution commitment. How are you doing, so far? Let’s try again if success did not come easy at the first go around.
To stay committed to your resolutions: Focus on your end-game. Visualize your desired change. State your resolution in the affirmative. Believe in yourself.
Take a few moments right now to imagine your resolution(s) realized by this time next year. What would be different about you? How would you feel? What would your life look like on the outside.
For example: What would be different about you if you were living a healthier lifestyle? …if your finances were under control? …if you were more self-confident? …better organized? … were engaged with friends offline? …if you were less angry? More active?
Now put on paper the answer to your own ‘What would be different about me if….’
Good, you can clearly imagine your end-game. Now, list the steps that you need to take to achieve your resolution(s). What are the first steps? You might need help in outlining your steps. If so, consult with the appropriate coach, advisor etc.
More than likely you will have some setbacks en route to your desired goals. A setback means that you are not perfect. Don’t give up, re-assess what is working and what is not working – make some adjustments, and re-commit to the adjusted process.
No matter what resolution(s) you desire, make sure that taking care of your health is a component of it. Your health is your greatest resource. Achieving a goal at the expense of your health is not a successful outcome. Plan appropriately and enjoy the process to your desired change.
To sum up:
- State your resolution in the affirmative
- Focus on your end-game
- Outline your steps – re-assessing accordingly
- Seek appropriate help if need be
- Make health a part of every resolution
- Enjoy the process
To your success in 2016.
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