What if instead of “Happy New Year” we said, “Happy New You”? If turning a new year represents turning a new leaf, shouldn’t the cheers be to the new you, not the new calendar year?
As I write this, I’m 17 days into new personal goals I’ve set for myself in 2013. I’m knocking quite a few off the list (letting go of complaining, being present, being the voice of reason in conflict), and I’m not quite there with daily exercise and going to bed consistently by 10PM.
How are you backing up those new years resolutions with your intentions? Take a read at these questions to assist you before you look at that same calendar and give up that it’s not going to be any different this year. I’m here to say it is going to be different this year.
New Year resolutions questions to help you make ’em stick
- To be a new You, what do you need to let go of?
- With your resolutions, are these goals? Habits? Projects?
- Can you forgive yourself if you encounter setbacks?
- For every goal or resolution, what’s the consequence of not achieving them this year?
- How will you know when you’ve reached your goal? How do you measure it?
- Who do you have access to that can assist you, support you, and inspire you?
When you really think about it…
You likely do need to give up something. You may have some resolutions that are quick and some that won’t happen overnight. You will need to let go of perfectionism and go easy on yourself. The goal might not mean enough to you until you realize what it means to not reach it/what do you have to continue putting up with/what will you miss out on again? Your goals need to be measured, tangible not lofty or fluffy or else how will you know you’ve gotten there? And finally, you’re not alone. There is someone waiting to help you, listen and inspire you.
If you’ve given these questions your full attention, has anything changed now? Send me your comments or pass this along to others that are struggling with making resolutions stick. Maybe you can be their support and inspiration?
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