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2020 is quickly coming to an end, and it’s about that time to begin thinking about what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. I know 2020 probably wasn’t what most of us expected in the new decade, but there is no reason to bring over any negative vibes through to the new year. New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition created to set goals in areas of your life that you’d like to see change. In the next few weeks, most of us will take the time to sit down and evaluate what our lives have looked like in 2020, despite the unexpected twists and turns, and make a list of the changes we would like to see. New Year’s Resolutions are often made with this notion of a dream life, but its the steps required to achieve that dream that are often overlooked. On today’s blog, I’ll share with you the best ways to create your resolutions, but most importantly, HOW to achieve them in 365 days.
Creating your list of Resolutions
The top New Year’s resolutions every year are to lose weight, get a (new) job, save money, etc. Each of these resolutions could be applied to anyone in the world. People lack motivation or understanding of how to achieve their goals because they are often writing of goals that could be subjective to anyone and lack a direction towards their own life. What do I mean? Your list of resolutions needs to be as unique as possible; they need to be descriptive and thought out to create your plan of action to achieve them. To create your list, it’s great to start with broad goals, but narrowing them in to fit your life and who you are is the challenge. It requires honesty with yourself and a clear drive to achieve the resolutions you’re writing. Be clear about what exactly you want to achieve; this will help you to solidify the actions you must take to reach this goal. Writing 3-5 goals is ideal based on the reality of what action it may take to achieve your larger goals.
Once you’ve got your list of resolutions, it’s time to begin creating a plan of action to achieve these goals. The best way to achieve your goals is by hitting them head-on. When you understand what changes you need to make, you’ll know how to achieve your dreams. This is often times where people fall short of achieving a resolution; they see the goal, they understand the goal, but they have no game plan on how to achieve the goal.
Steps to Achieving your New Year’s Resolutions
1. Identify your goal: Once you’ve got a goal in mind, detail the goal as much as possible with your ideal outcome. For example: If you’re goal is to get a new job, make it unique to you. Where and what industry would you like to work in? What position are you qualified for? What is your ideal salary? Do you have an ideal company you’d like to work for? Write in as much detail as possible what achieving that goal would look like.
2. Create a Plan of Action: Once you’ve got your 3-5 goals, you need to begin writing down HOW you’re going to achieve them. Once you’ve got a clear goal, start creating an action plan of how you’re going to get there. This process could involve research, but most of all, it centers around your own understanding of where you need to make changes in your life. Sticking with the example of the job goal, maybe you begin by researching the places you’d like to apply, positions available, salaries for people in those positions. Make a list of people you’d like to use for references and how to write the strongest cover letter. Create a list of the steps to achieve your resolution. Write out a detailed agenda and plan of action to achieve your goals.
3. Set Deadlines: Now, taking those first two steps are all well and good, but you’re never going to achieve your goals unless you put in the work and the time. A critical step in achieving your resolutions is setting deadlines. It’s more productive to set mini-deadlines for the steps you need to take rather than setting one deadline for the larger goal. You really have no idea how long achieving a goal could take so setting one deadline could be less productive. When setting deadlines, consider how much time and work must go into one step of achieving your larger goal. Continuing with our example, researching jobs won’t take as long as writing, editing, and reviewing cover letters. Be aware of the amount of work each step will take.
4. Have Actionable Responsibility: Creating an Intentional Life for yourself means holding yourself accountable to your feelings, emotions, dreams, and aspirations. This is not an easy thing to do. In a similar post, Challenging Yourself to Achieve Your Dreams, I discuss the setbacks that can occur from having the mindset of “I can do it tomorrow…” When you’re working towards achieving your New Year’s Resolutions, remind yourself that you set these goals because YOU believe that your life would have been different last year, had these goals already been your reality. You have dreams because you envision a better life for yourself. Have a friend, family member, or mentor be your accountability partner on this journey.
Achieve your Dreams
5. Achieve Success: Getting here can feel impossible but let me remind you that achieving your dreams is absolutely possible. Understand that you’re not alone; surround yourself with people that encourage you to succeed, utilize resources, and never, ever give up. You are capable of achieving your dreams.
Remember, Intentional Living is all about creating a life and a space in which you can achieve your dreams. My La.Rue 30-Day Intentional Living Challenge has just launched, and it is the perfect guide to creating an Intentional Life for yourself in 2021. This guide will help you to take each of these steps in achieving your goals and New Years Resolutions. If you’re not yet prepared to invest in your future, you can start with downloading my FREE Habit Tracker and implement positive Habits in your life that lead you to achieving your dreams. Read the blog, Track Your Habits to learn more. Head over to the shop page to get your FREE Habit Tracker & purchase your 30-Day Intentional Living Challenge today and visit the blog on the Challenge to receive your promo code today. Look out for a posts on Creating a Mood/ Vision board & Creating an Intentions Board to help guide you into a positive New Year!