How to make them work

New Year’s resolutions have been around a long time. Some of us make them half-heartedly, others do it with great purpose. Few of us actually achieve their goals by the end of the year. Or make them last longer than a month. Is it bad timing, or just lack of perseverance? Or maybe it’s because we are completely unrealistic or too vague with our resolutions.

The good news? You don’t need the magic of a new year to make your resolutions work out. You just need to take into account a few tips before you can reach that -on first sight- unattainable goal.

1° A perfect plan
Whether you want to go for a six-pack or spend more time with your loved ones, you can only fulfill your resolution(s) when you have a perfect plan. Write down what you want to do in a few words. If you can’t do this, you need to concretize your goal. Make a to-do list and point out what you want to achieve in 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. Don’t forget: be realistic! I try to make a short list of 3 items I want to achieve every month. It worked last month, so I’m hopeful for my February list!

2° Visualize
Make sure you have some visual reminders that stimulate you to fulfill your resolutions. One of my favorites? Pinterest! You can also search on Instagram and follow people you admire. But be careful with that, because sometimes those pro’s make you feel so feckless.

3° Talk about it
When you start, tell people about your plan. They can help you along the way and be there to support you. Achieving something on your own can be quite tough, so don’t be afraid to talk about your dreams. Besides, when your friends know about your goal, you just have to make sure you achieve it, right?

4° Reward yourself
If you want to lose 10 kilo’s, start with the first 2. Or if you want to redecorate your house, tackle one room at the time. When you achieved your mini-goal, treat yourself! Let me be clear about this. Don’t go for french fries when you’re on a diet, but buy yourself new running shoes, or swap a training for a day at the spa.

5° Ask a pro
If your resolutions look the same every year, but you never achieve them, notice that there’s something wrong. Try to find out why you failed and write it down. If you can’t overcome these obstacles on your own, ask a professional to help and guide you.

How about your resolutions?

xo
D.

 

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