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New Years Resolutions | Plan For Freedom & Security in 2017

As 2016 ends, it’s time to review the year and plan for 2017.  I’m sure many of you do the same thing.  It is a time-honored tradition to set “New Year’s Resolutions”.

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I like to take things a step further and review the closing year.

  • What worked in 2016?
  • What didn’t?
  • How can I improve?

 

Sustaining the New Year’s Resolutions ~ How to prevent resolution slumps and burnouts

Resolutions are in fact a promise you make to yourself to accomplish a task or goal.  I searched google for a definition and get:

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Some Basic Areas to Consider

There are several areas that you may choose to resolve to improve this coming year.  You might want to improve your health in specific areas such as eating, exercising, stress and altering habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol.

Potentially resolve to change your career paths, jobs, or income streams to give you financial security and freedom.

You might want to review your finances resolve to get out of debt or to spend less, or save more or even earn more.

There will be billions of people resolving to make changes this coming year.  Sadly statistics show that the failure rate for New Year resolutions is as high as 88%.

Given this fact, if you want to ensure the success of your plans then you need to go about it in a way to insure your success.  Research has shown that there is a 22% higher chance of resolutions being successful if you engage in goal setting.

Goal Setting

Get Down To It ~ Goal Setting

Psychologists believe that rather than having many resolutions we are more likely to keep our resolutions if we make just a few and focus on them energetically.

New Year’s resolutions should be goal focused, but for success they should be specific and realistic goals.

Many individuals choose ambiguous goals when making their resolutions such as “lose weight” or “get in shape”.  While such resolutions are admirable, they are likely to fail as there are no specific goals or objectives attached to them.

Rather than saying “lose weight” it is better to resolve to “lose 10 pounds”.  The goal is then specific.

Once there is a specific goal it is then possible to plan to achieve the goal.  There has to be a plan to tackle the necessary behavioral changes that will bring about success.

We should write down the goal and then make a list of the things that we might have to do to achieve the goal.   The small steps or objectives that have to be undertaken to achieve the goal need to be tiny.

It is better to have the objective of losing half a pound a week to achieve the 10 pounds weight loss than having the objective of losing 10 pounds in two weeks.

Knowing exactly what you are aiming for and how to go about it in small steps it is much more likely that a resolution will be kept and not broken.

2017 Plan

Download Your Plan to Improve Your Security & Peace in 2017

Spend some time this year reviewing what worked for you in 2016, what didn't and making plans to have the best year every in 2017.

Your 2017 Plan for Success is on the way!

How You Look At It

You have a much greater chance of keeping your resolutions if you have a positive mindset and are willing to be persistent.  It is a good idea to focus on what the resolution will add to your life rather than what it will take away.

For example it is better to have a positive mindset and think about eating more healthy foods rather than thinking about eating less unhealthy food.

Your goal should be written and highly visible.  It could be in an appointment diary, on the computer desk top, on post it notes on the fridge, and on banners around the room indeed, wherever it can be placed to remind yourself of your goal.

Enlisting the help and support of family and friends and joining a group of like inspired persons will improve your chances of success.

It is important to bear in mind that the resolution will be broken but that must not be seen as a failure.  Instead any lapse should be reviewed as a learning opportunity.

Renewing motivation will be helpful too.  When it gets hard for you to persist with your resolution you should remind yourself of the reason why you are making this change or improvement.  You must remind yourself of what you will gain by achieving your goal.

Individuals with positive mindsets will succeed.

What Do You Need

Firstly it is essential that there is a clearly defined, specific and realistic goal.  Once the goal is known, it has to be broken down into steps or objectives.

The steps need to be achievable.  It is advisable to have a journal where you can record your successes and failures and obstacles that you have had to overcome.

As well as the plan itself and the journal, there needs to be careful consideration to other resources that might be necessary.  One of the most valuable resources you could have would be friends or family member who would be willing and able to support the behavior changes that you are going to attempting to make.

Certain physical resources and equipment may need to be purchased.  Anyone undertaking a physical change may need to invest in special shoes and clothing not to mention gym membership perhaps.  Certain food items might need to be disposed of and replaced by others if individuals are considering weight reduction as a goal.

Likewise individual’s quitting smoking will need to enlist the support of their PCP and perhaps necessary anti-smoking drugs and nicotine gum.

Preparation will certainly go a long way to get you off on the right track to success.

What Could Be An Issue ~ Identifying Roadblocks

identifying road blocks

Behaviors and habits are acquired over a long period of time so changing them and replacing them with different behaviors will be slow.  It is crucial that when undertaking such a resolution that you recognize this fact.

As well as the changes being slow to make, it is inevitable that the resolution will be broken simply because to change behaviors takes a considerable effort.

To be successful, you should plan how to tackle the behavioral changes that you are going to have to make.  You must make a list of the strategies that you intend to employ to achieve your goals and also note the obstacles that will have to be overcome.

It can’t be stressed too much how important a journal is in helping to succeed.  A journal can be used to record progress and any setbacks along the way.  It should be referred to often as it will enable a person to identify what the obstacles were that made them break or deviate from their resolution.  Once that is identified then effort can be made to ensure that circumstances aren’t repeated again.

It is important to avoid repeating past failures.  If someone has made the same resolution and failed repeatedly it is going to be hard for them to succeed as their self belief will be low.  In this situation the goal should be revised.  They should reflect on which strategies had been the most effective and what obstacles prevented them from keeping the resolution.  By changing the approach it is more likely that they will see results.

Remember that change is a process.  Unhealthy habits take years to develop and it may take longer than you think to change.

 

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

The breaking of a resolution should not cause you to give up your resolution.  You have to remember that you are human and to err is human.  We will all make mistakes and the breaking of resolutions is almost inevitable.  You must keep reminding yourself that it is normal to break a resolution.  It is important that you adopt a different mindset to resolution breaking and see it not as a failure but as a step along the way to achieve your goal.

Take A Breath

If you break your resolutions you should try to be positive and see it as an opportunity to learn a lesson.

What you should do is reflect very carefully on what it was that caused you to break your resolution and identify the obstacle.  Once the obstacle has been identified you should set about ensuring that the set of circumstances that allowed you to break your resolve isn’t repeated again.

Remember that the change is slow and you should also reward yourself for every small step reached along the way to reaching your goal.

Wrapping Up

 When you make New Year’s resolutions, you do so with an air of optimism and hope.  New Year resolutions by definition are about improvements and changes, all with positive outcomes.  It is natural for us all to want the best for ourselves and those around us and to try to bring about the best.

Conversely while the resolutions are made all too easily, keeping to them is more difficult indeed.  Bringing about the change is difficult and slow and resolutions are broken.  For the vast majority of people the breaking of resolutions is sufficient for them to give up on them. This can be demoralizing and the individuals see themselves as having failed.

Do your best and move forward.  Don’t let small setbacks stop your positive forward momentum.

2017 Plan

Download Your Plan to Improve Your Security & Peace in 2017

Spend some time this year reviewing what worked for you in 2016, what didn't and making plans to have the best year every in 2017.

Your 2017 Plan for Success is on the way!

 

 

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