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Secrets To Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Secrets To Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Secrets To Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

At long last the end of 2019 is here. You made it! At the end of each year, many people find themselves caught between an optimistic outlook for the coming year, and a reflective state thinking back to the peaks and valleys of the year past. Before jumping into the creation of a resolution list, it is important to acknowledge your past year and properly set yourself up for success.

Looking Back

A great way to look back on your year is to create a year end review list. Grab a notebook or sheet of paper and your favorite pen. Take a few moments to relax your mind and body. Maybe even try a quick meditation.

Choose a few of the following questions and jot down your thoughts.

  1. What are my top ten highlights from this past year?
  2. What am I most grateful for?
  3. What was my proudest moment this year?
  4. What are the biggest challenges I faced this year and how did I overcome them?
  5. Did I meet any new people or have any uniques experiences that helped shape me as a person?
  6. If I could have a “redo” for any moments of this past year, what would they be?
  7. When did I show bravery this year?
  8. What are the top 5 lessons I learned this year?

Once you’ve come to terms with the past year, you are finally ready to open your heart and mind to the year ahead.

Some of the biggest mistakes that people make when creating the New Year’s Resolutions lists are: 

  • Writing too many resolutions.
  • Making large goals that are unattainable or will cause you more stress than peace to achieve.
  • Creating goals that are self deprecating or based on a negative self-view.
  • Setting goals that are too vague.

Instead, focus your resolutions on small steps that will help create lasting change. An example would be, if your resolution is to run a marathon in the coming year, conceptualize and jot down some smaller steps that will help you achieve this larger goal. Your first step may be to take a walk around the block after you eat each meal. Your next step could be to start jogging in the evenings. Each step may feel small, but remember, you are building yourself up to not only achieve your goal but to become a better version of yourself along the way.

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