Here's five tips that could help you make your new year's resolutions stick:
Instead of coming up with a list of ten things you want to change in your life, focus on 2 to 3 things. And if you want to be super focused, choose one thing. Focus helps to gather your attention and energy, rather than having it scattered all over the place. Whatever we put our attention on in life grows!
- Choose a goal that you can break into bite-sized chunks.
One of the tricks to making a resolution stick is to eventually make it into a habit. Habits are actions that we take repeatedly because they are simple and become ingrained into our daily lifestyle. For example, if you want to start saving money, get a jar for your house where you put in loose change every day. The amount of money doesn't matter. Even a penny works. What you're doing is creating a simple habit.
- Share your progress with others.
Accountability is a great motivator. Share your resolution with a close friend, or find a support group where you can check in. When you make a public commitment, you declare to the universe loud and clear your intention. And I believe the universe conspires to bring you the right and perfect resources and people to bring your intention into reality.
- Create a vision board.
A vision board is a visual display of your intentions. An easy way to make one is to cut out pictures, images and words from magazines that inspire you towards your goals. Glue them on to a piece of paper and then put it on your wall. A vision board is a great inspirational reminder, especially if you place it somewhere you can see everyday.
- Remember that you can always start again.
Let's face it. There might be a point where you do something that doesn't support your goals. That's okay. The struggle you experience is a sign that you're in the land of the in-between... in-between the old ways of acting and the new ways of being. You realize you have a choice, and you can always start again. Too often, people throw in the towel altogether. Chalk this up as a learning experience and re-focus.
What are some other ways that help you stick to your new year's resolutions? Do you even make any at all? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Here's to an amazing new year, and an amazing new you!