The new year is now upon us, and no doubt you will have made some resolutions to bring into the year ahead. Yet, it’s important to consider what a resolution actually is.
A resolution is essentially transforming something that was once a “could” or “should” into a “must”. It’s going from the knowledge that we need to be exercising and dieting, for instance, to getting down to the gym every day you say you will – it’s about committing to yourself and being resolute in your action to improve your life.
In this vein, there are a number of areas you might be thinking about developing yourself; for instance, it could be a commitment to undertaking that online masters in early childhood education you’ve been looking at for the past few months, or it could be as simple as giving something up, such as meat, alcohol or smoking.
Let’s look at 5 ways to make your resolutions successful this year…
DEFINE YOUR DREAM
It’s really important you determine where is ‘there’ for you – as a boat without a destination will just drift and the sea will determine where it ends up… you therefore want to have a very clear destination in mind as to what it is you want from your life.
CHUNK IT DOWN
Once you have your destination in mind, you want to chunk it down into more manageable steps – think of how an educational course is structured. There are modules and lessons, meaning there are bitsize steps for you to walk down, meaning your goal becomes more manageable and you feel less overwhelmed as a result.
The most important step in the process, of course, is to take action. You can think positively, all you want, but until you take massive action you aren’t going to get massive results. Many people procrastinate due to the feeling they are ‘not ready’ yet when you consider how many birds learn to fly by falling, as in, literally, their parents throw them off a cliff and the young bird has to learn to fly whilst it’s falling.
GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
You don’t need to do everything on your own. For instance, if you are looking to get healthier this year, it makes sense to get some support from a personal trainer or physiotherapist if you need to rehabilitate and strengthen your body to exercise. No man (or woman) is an island and there’s plenty of support available today, even if it’s just in the shape of a YouTube channel with inspirational or educational input to help you move forward.
CELEBRATE SMALL WINS
It’s really important to celebrate your small wins, as this way you are recognising the fact you are making progress, which releases feel good hormones and catapults you into making even more progress. Indeed, the feeling of progress tends to create an upward spiral of making even more progress – as in, the more progress you make the more action you will take… therefore, recognize your progress and celebrate the small wins along the journey.