How to Properly Plan Your Resolutions

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The New Year is such an inspirational time for so many. January 1st marks a new chapter is our lives, a new beginning or maybe even a new challenge for ourselves. Unfortunately, New Years Resolutions are commonly broken. Many people think that breaking a resolution means you must not be committed enough to making something happen. That may be true, but there are many other factors that could play into it, and many things you could do different in order to succeed. Here’s a few tips that we’ve found that may be able to help you finally achieve the goal you’ve set for yourself!

1. Get a Journal

We know you have the vision, so why not write it down and document it as you go? If there are any bumps in the road you can write about them and tell your future self what to avoid or change.

2. Make a Plan
Make a real, actionable plan for yourself. What are the steps you are going to do to achieve your resolution, when do you want to achieve it by? Do you have a timeline in place? What are your monthly/weekly/daily goals to help you get there? It may seem obvious, but having a documented plan often makes it easy for people to stay on track.

3. Reward Yourself
When you achieve something along the way, don’t be afraid to reward yourself. This can mean buying yourself a treat or can be as simple as taking a step back and acknowledging your success and to appreciate it.

4. Talk About it
Tell people what you are doing so that you can be more accountable to them, and in turn more accountable to yourself. The bonus is that by talking, you can also create a circle of friends to be there with you as you go. Call it your own personal cheering squad!

5. Make a List of Pros and Cons
You can even ask your friends to contribute to it. This can help you recognize any obstacles that may come up, and help motivate you by reminding yourself of the positives to come as well!

6. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

So many people quit the first time they make a mistake or cave. The truth is we all do it, we just admit it in the moment and commit to working harder the next day. In order to be successful in anything you need to make mistakes so try to give yourself a break when they happen. Just remind yourself why you decided to do what you are doing in the first place.

What are your resolutions this year? I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!

Sending you lots of love and wishing you much success in 2016!

Love, Meagan

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