Resolutions are easy to proclaim; and, they are also easy to break because the belief and strong will to keep them wane away as the year goes on. How can you make 2014 a year that is different from the rest? Follow the wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt – “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
SET A RESOLUTION THAT IS SPECIFIC AND REALISTIC
When determining a resolution, be true to yourself. Don’t set a broad goal that in general could be difficult to achieve within the year. Think about your resolution in terms of taking steps that eventually help you to reach your end goal.
DEVELOP A PLAN
Write your goal(s) in a notebook or a journal to make an affirmation to yourself. Create a list of the steps you’ll need to take to attain your desired result(s). For example, if you want a job promotion, write down what you can do to make it possible.
MONITOR YOUR PLAN THROUGH THE YEAR
Follow-up to check the progress of your resolution. Are you on track? If not, think about what you can do to set you back on plan.
CELEBRATE YOUR PERSONAL SUCCESS ALONG THE WAY
If rewarding yourself after each accomplishment helps your determination and confidence. – go for it! You deserve it!
Achieving resolutions can be tough, so if you slip a little, don’t beat yourself up and get discouraged. Change can be a longer process than we’d like. Believe, hang in there and think about how great success feels. Persistence pays off!