Happy Monday! Even though the new year started days ago, today feels like the real start. The weekend was fun and all, but Monday is when the habits really kick in. This is the time to get real about your resolutions and to start making sure that you finally have a year that resembles the life that you want. Getting real about your resolution requires a certain level of honesty and awareness. Habits die hard, so it will not be easy to change if you are not mindful of it. Many of our new year resolutions fail to follow through because we do give ourselves the proper time and energy to implement these changes. If you are looking for a “new you” this new year, keep reading to find out which habits will help you to achieve your 2021 goals.
It is easy to be motivated on the first few days of the new year, however as time goes on and you get distracted by life, it becomes more difficult to keep up with your resolutions. By the end of the year you may even forget what your resolution was in the first place! In order to avoid this, give yourself daily reminders of your goals so you do not lose track of them. A great way to do this is in the form of a vision board. Vision boards are great because they serve as a reminder that gives an emotional response. It is so important that your goals provide you with an emotional response because that will be the thing that keeps you going when you are tired and want to give up. Sure, saying I want to make an extra $20,000 this year sounds nice and motivating, but if you have photos of what your life would look like with an extra $20,000 in it you will be much more likely to get your butt up and start hustling for extra money. After creating a vision board, make sure to leave it where you can find it. This could be on your bedroom wall or even as your screensaver. Put it somewhere where you will see it and be reminded of how awesome your life will be when you implement these new habits. It will not help you from include a drawer you never look in.
No matter what your goal is, you will need time in order to get it done. For example, say you have decided that you want to start eating breakfast every morning before work. If your current morning routine only allows 30 minutes for showering and getting dressed, you are going to have to make some time so you can eat breakfast. You cannot give yourself the same 30 minutes and expect yourself to successfully add an extra task in there. If you do not give yourself the proper time, you will find yourself feeling discouraged and ready to quit when you are unable to accomplish your new goal. Plan out how you will implement you new habit ahead of time so you can set yourself up for success and feel good about your progress. Try using a planner and writing out what you would like to accomplish, this increases the chances of accomplishing it.
Keep Yourself Accountable And Track Progress
Being a new and improved version of yourself will not happen if you do not stick to your habits. Success is about what you do consistently, not what you do a couple times. You are human, meaning you will fall off track sometimes. It is okay. Repeat after me. It. Is. Okay. The thing that is not okay is throwing the whole goal away because of it. Keep yourself accountable while still recognizing how far you have come. Changing your life requires an uncomfortable amount of self awareness. You need to keep track of your behavior and adjust it accordingly. Ask yourself if your actions are helping you or harming you. If they are harming you, have the courage and self awareness to make a change. If you have difficulty keeping yourself accountable, consider adopting an accountability buddy. Have a trusted, close friend (who knows the best way to constructively criticize you) keep you accountable and make sure that you do not have too much pride to take a step back and accept their criticism.
I think another reason why resolutions do not always stick is because most people have a tendency of making sticking to a resolution feel like a drag. Instead of getting excited about the journey, they feel restricted by the process. Remember that life is not about the destination, it is about the long, eventful and rewarding journey of getting there. As you enjoy the process, remember to reward yourself along the way. Burnout is real! It can be avoided by remembering to treat yourself and give yourself a pat on the back when you see progress. Your reward could be something like treating yourself to a nice dinner or buying yourself the handbag you have been dying to get your hands on. Even as you treat yourself with something tangible, do not lose sight of the fact that your reward is also the work that you are doing. These new resolutions an act of self care, it is an act of love to yourself when you actively take actions to make yourself more happy. That in itself is the greatest gift of all.
Stay focused this new year and watch as your life transforms before you. You cannot just wait around for things to change, you need to be the change! Simple, daily habits will make a huge difference in your life. What are your new year resolutions? Which habits will you implement in order for your goals to become your reality? Comment below so we can learn from each other.
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