January 1, 2019
I know I’m not alone in thinking this, resolutions are in fact bullshit!
I’ll admit that over the years I would get caught up in the whole ‘new year, new you’ frenzy, only to find myself two weeks into the year and already giving up on my resolutions.
Having the mindset that we can only start fresh at the beginning of the year is setting us up to fail.
Let’s be honest, a resolution is just another way of saying goal, and we all have goals we want to work towards. Changing your outlook on how and when to accomplish your goals can take away the pressure of this all or nothing mindset the new year gives us.
Why can’t we have a fresh start every month? Every week? Or even every day? We can! In this blog post, I’m going to share the tips that have helped me see resolutions through in the past and makes planning out future resolutions so much easier.
The first and most obvious tip is to make a list of all the goals you want to accomplish. To save space on this post you can find my list under the 19 Goals In h2019 tab. (I did this for a specific reason I will discuss later) Your list can be as long or as short as you want. The main purpose of the list is to get all your ideas out in front of you. I’m a very visual person (who LOVES making lists) so writing things out helps me with the whole planning process.
The next step is to make bullet points for each goal that you have. Simply saying you want to lose weight can be slightly daunting, but breaking down your goal into 5-6 steps makes it seem much more manageable. Maybe plan a few 30-day challenges or sign up for a weekly workout class. The point is to think of the small steps that will make the bigger picture possible.
After making your list of goals and bullet points, the next step is to make a timeline. One of my goals is to open up an Etsy shop on March 1st. That gives me two months to get through all of the bullet points that I made. I’m using January to buy all the supplies and start making the jewelry. February will be spent branding all of the social media accounts, Etsy shop, and the packaging.
I find that spacing out my bigger goals three months apart is what works best for me. This allows me to concentrate on each goal separately, instead of lumping them all together at the start of the year. There’s a reason you picked each goal, so it deserves your full attention. Give yourself the time you need to make it happen.
It’s one thing to make goals and a game plan, but it takes dedication to actually see them through. It helps to find a way to hold your self accountable. That’s why I made my goals into a page on my blog. I want a daily reminder that anyone can see the goals that I’ve set for myself. I’ve also shared my goals with my fiance. I know he will be there to support me every step of the way. He’ll also be the kick in the ass I’ll need from time to time if I start to lose sight on what I want.
Do whatever works for you, but find a way to be accountable! Tell your friend on Twitter and check in with each other from time to time. Tape your goal list on your wall so you see it every day. Make a vision board with pictures you find in magazines. You need to find something that will help keep you motivated and push you towards your goals every day.
So, you have your goals list, bullet points, timeline, and accountability buddy, now what? You take it one day at a time! Life will get in the way. Things will seem too hard from time to time. There will be some days that you just don’t want to do anything, and that’s ok. Like most things in life you have to take it day by day.
Try and do something each day that will get you closer to your goal. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be a step forward. Again, smaller steps to the big picture.
To reiterate, resolutions are bullshit, but they don’t have to be. Stop looking at the new year as this magical starting point, where you only get one chance to work on yourself and if you mess up you fail. Write your own rules and stop making resolutions and start making long-term goals! We have a whole year to look forward to and you’re in control of all the great things you’re going to do. So do them! And make sure to tell me about them so I can cheer you on every step of the way!