5 Ways to Prep for Your New Year's Resolutions
Another year has come and gone, and what a year it was. 2017 has definitely been a year full of changes, new discoveries and some flipping things on their heads. Not only for me, but for the whole country! Looking back on the news for the last 365 days as a whole really makes you appreciate the good things that you have in your life. And now that the after holiday blues have set in, it is the perfect time to reflect on what truly makes you happy.
It is also the perfect time to plan out your New Year. Which is the prime time to make room for more happiness, and that is what I have focused my 2018 New Year's Resolutions on. Normally I don't make them, but this year I'm all in. Give me all of the gooey, new age-y, spiritual stuff. I'm all for it this year. Just pile it on!
Obviously resolutions are not going to complete themselves, so I started prepping my resolutions this morning. And it had me wondering, how many people actually prep for New Year's Resolutions? Is that why most of us fail at them, because we just jump in on January 1st and expect shit to happen? Probably. Well not this year! I'm putting all my efforts into completing my New Year's resolutions in 2018. Are you with me?
This is how I am prepping for 2018, and how you can too.
Focus on One Big Resolution
Did you make resolutions in 2017? If so, did you stick to them/accomplish any of them? If you didn't, take this time to reflect on them and assess why you didn't complete them. Perhaps it is because you're trying to do too much. This is why you should focus 2018 on one main resolution.
My number one resolution for 2018 is paying off ALL of my business debt. We're talking just over $260,000. That seems like quite a lofty goal to most, but I know that it can be done. First, because I have researched and know that I am not the only one to do this. Second, because I'm a little crazy and I love to prove myself right.
Obviously, I have other resolutions but this is the one that is going to be my "definer" of 2018. I'm also hoping that, by paying off my debt, I can focus the rest of my energy towards other things in my life that I had been neglecting. So, pick one resolution that you just have to achieve and give that one everything that you have. Give it all of your attention and focus.
Create a Specific Plan
This is a step that a lot of people skip when it comes in resolutions, I know that I always did. You need to have a plan of attack. If your goals are financial, then create a budget plus ways of making extra income. If your goals are fitness related, then create a weekly meal chart and a fitness routine.
Also, make sure that your plan is SMART.
A SMART plan is:
- Specific – What is your goal? Is it specific enough or is it too broad? What needs to be done for you to achieve your goal? Why do you want to reach your goal?
- Measurable – How can you measure your progress? How will you know if you’re on track?
- Attainable – Can your goal actually be achieved?
- Realistic/relevant – Can you achieve your goal? Is the goal worth it?
- Time – What’s your time frame for reaching your goal?
Make sure that your plan is detailed. Create the steps that you need to take in order to achieve your goal. Set smaller goals for the year that will ultimately lead up to your main resolution. Define how and when you will track your progress. The more detailed that your plan is, the more likely you are to succeed.
Find Someone to Hold You Accountable
Tell your mom, best friend, husband, etc. Just find one person that can help keep you on track. One person that will be your cheerleader and that will create a no-judgment zone if you have a slip up. It really does take a village as "they" say, so make sure that you utilize yours. All great ambitions need someone else's motivation sometimes.
Also, create a vision board. Or write your vision down on a paper. Then put it somewhere that you will see it every day.
Utilize Existing Habits to Create New Ones
This is my favorite one. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. If your resolution is to pay off debt, then schedule your debt payments the same way you schedule your monthly bills. You are already sitting down to write the check or set up the direct deposit. Do the same thing for your debts.
Also, if you're checking your Facebook every day then you should be checking your bank account every day. (I check mine multiple times a day just hoping that someone deposited a million dollars!)
Visualize the End Result
In 365 days, what do you want your life to look like? For me, it is planning my 10 day European vacation because I have finally paid off my debt and I deserve a fabulous vacation! First class!
What is your end result? Add it to your vision board and look at it every day. That way, if you lose motivation, you know exactly what you're working for.
Are you making New Year's Resolutions for 2018? What are they? Below are mine:
- Pay off $260,693.65 in business debt. I purchased a brick & mortar store in 2015 and moved it 100% online in 2017. 2018 is all about paying it off.
- Grow Culley Avenue. Culley Avenue is this platform that I created in 2017. Now that I have more time, I want to put all of my effort into making it into the brand that I desire.
- Grow my email subscribers to 5,000. Have you subscribed to the Culley Avenue Newsletter? In 2018, I will be sending out a weekly newsletter filled with topics that we're talking about, sale alerts for products that I use and think that you will like too, and much more! (You can sign up below!)
- Enjoy every single day. After Christmas was over I looked at my husband and said, "In 2018, I don't want to be negative." This topic is a blog post for another day but it is a big goal for me. :)
Let me know if you have any tips for achieving your New Year's Resolutions. I think that we all can take any advice that we can get.
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