Mastering your new year’s resolutions

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The year 2020 has been a hectic rollercoaster, to say the least. Many went into the year with an eager and determined attitude, ambitious to complete their 2020 goals. Each year people strive to transform themselves into their higher purpose and challenge themselves to exceed new heights. While this year may have been challenging to complete those goals, the new year of 2021 still brings hope for a fresh start.

You may be someone who writes out their new year’s resolutions faithfully, or maybe you are someone who doesn’t believe in it. You might struggle with accomplishing your designated goals as you are strong within the first few months, then tend to fall off toward the end of the year. Don’t worry, studies show that about 60 percent of individuals create new year’s resolutions, though only 8 percent achieve their goals. By the time you finish reading, you will be equipped to have faith in creating and tackling all of your goals in the coming year.

If you are among the masses who have been overwhelmed by the year that we have had, it is imperative to sit and reflect.  Reflect upon what you’ve been through this year and how it has impacted you both directly and indirectly. A large contributor to setting personal goals for where you are trying to go is reflecting on where you have been and where you currently are. Think about what brought you to the place that you are in and how it has impacted you physically, financially, spiritually and mentally.

Next, think about what the new year entails for you. Think about what you would like to accomplish in all aspects of your life. Write all of this information out and prioritize based on interest and level of actually achieving them within a year. If the goal may take more than a year to accomplish, break the goal down into parts, listing what you want to achieve within the first year. Create categories in which each aspiration fits. These categories can be things such as hobbies, physical goals, educational, personal growth, development, etc. Once that is complete, write out the necessary materials and equipment needed to achieve your desired goals.

Afterward, write out small things that can be fulfilled daily to achieve your resolutions. Decipher if these goals need to be worked on daily, weekly or monthly, and how much time will be allotted to working on each goal. When establishing a goal, it can seem easy to achieve but overwhelming when beginning to work toward it. In your head, the ideal becomes a larger concept. Breaking it down on a smaller scale allows the goal to become realistic and manageable. All of this information should be placed in a journal that is specifically dedicated to achieving your new year’s resolutions. Depending on what works best for you, stay consistent with journaling whether it’s every day or every other week. Highlight where you have worked on your goals and also where you may have fallen short. It allows you to track your progress and shows effort in implementing what you have set forth for yourself. Doing this also allows for constant reflection, which is necessary for growth.

Finally, create a daily to-do list. Every morning or the night before you begin your day create a to-do list that will help you tackle your goals. This allows you to easily incorporate your goals throughout your day while providing a sense of achievement. The list can vary daily and doesn’t have to be filled with extensive tasks. Just crossing out a few tasks daily will provide you with a sense of purpose and encouragement to pursue your best you.

Now, you are equipped with creating your best and most achievable new year’s resolutions. Find an accountability partner and continuously visualize your accomplishments while rewarding yourself along the way.