Create good habits, not goals or resolutions.
Resolutions are goals or rules that are often created while you’re on holidays and after a festive feast. These resolutions often fade away as your regular routine kicks in, the weather changes or that guilty feeling finally leaves. Rather than waiting for your new calendar to be hung, act on your goals or start enforcing your rules today. Focus on one goal at a time and set yourself up for success. After you have reached your goal, celebrate and start again; you don’t need to wait for the New Year.
Be all in.
Most people fail at their goals because they write them down, start taking action, and then let themselves quit when things get hard or uncomfortable. Great things can often put you out of your comfort zone, and it is at times like these that you need to take a minute to think about what you really want. Pushing through the uncomfortable time can often lead to a more rewarding achievement. You may actually surprise yourself.
Reflect, aspire and do.
Use the changing of the year to mark a time of looking back at what has happened and what you have done in 2016. Did you achieve what you wanted? Did you explore, begin or enjoy the things you love? The days and months can move so fast that before you know it, the year is finished, you’re a year older and it’s time to move on. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy routine, but don’t forget to think about yourself and what it is that you are interested in doing. Always set some time aside, and do something you enjoy or have always wanted to try.
Focus on weekly adaptations.
Most people try to focus on something that will take a year to achieve, but you lose motivation, and eat yourself up about not reaching your goal. Instead, focus on one week at a time. Work towards your goal each week, adapting what your doing so that your method gets better and better over time. Review how you did it, find the obstacles and plan around them next time.
Fill your year with curiosity and a learning stance.
Many people get discouraged if they fall off their goals or habits, but that’s because they have an all-or-nothing mindset. They see failure as evidence that they can’t do it. This is far from the truth. Failure is evidence that things need adjusting. It’s a way to learn, so that you can get better. Be curious about what will work for you, about what this new habit will be like and about what happens when you make adjustments. See all your successes and failures as learning, not a sign that you are good or not good. With this flexible mindset, you’ll be able to iron out any kind of disruptions, missteps, obstacles or changes.
Make 2017 a year to remember.