Okay, maybe this is a little late to the game but I’m sure many of you haven’t gotten around to making resolutions or if you have, you’re already feeling a bit overwhelmed by them. So maybe I couldn’t post this until now for a reason! New Year Resolutions are a funny thing. The transition from December to January could truly be just any other month but because the year changes, we like to think of it as a fresh start. And I don’t have anything against that at all. In a way, it seems to provide a sense of hope, and I think that is beautiful. What I don’t like? All the loaded New Year Resolutions that you know will be forgotten… or just too much in a matter of weeks, maybe months.
It doesn’t have to be that way, it shouldn’t be that way. What a shame to waste an amazing opportunity for immense change and growth. The overall root of this problem? We, as a society, tend to overdo it. We make long lists that are hard to keep up with. We make resolutions we don’t truly want to work for. Maybe we make a short list of one, two or three things but within those thing lie many complicated steps to get there. What, Savanna, should I do then? No worries friend, I got you.
How To Simplify Your New Year Resolutions –
- Narrow your general list down. Think of one, maybe two aspects of your life you want to grow and evolve. Sure you can have goals, but think of your resolutions as the next level up. The real deal. The main areas of your life that need change to make you happier. Think, “eat healthier”, “work on self care”, “travel”, etc.
- Don’t be afraid to prioritize. To tie into my first point, you need to be a bit cut throat. When you think back on the last couple months, what have you truly wished for in life? Sure, maybe you think it would be nice to lose weight, but maybe travel truly makes you happy. Let your resolution(s) revolve around what your soul needs and don’t feel guilty for pushing something else down the totem pole.
- Dig deeper. Okay, let’s say you’ve picked travel for your New Year Resolution. Now what? What needs to be accomplished to make this happen? Save money, accumulate PTO? Make a list of what exactly… step by step must be done.
- Narrow your itemized list down. Let’s use “eat healthier” for this example. Say you’ve followed my steps, you might be left with a more specific list of something like – buy organic, meal plan, meal prep, only eat out X times a month. Now you can go two ways, for some resolutions you can pick one or two specific areas on your list to focus on, to become your revamped, focused resolutions. For other resolutions, or other types of people who like to plan ahead, place your list in a prioritized order on the best way to get you to the large scale goal. Plan month by month from that list what to do (or whatever timeline works best for you).
- Lastly, stop comparing. We are all in different areas of our lives. What is a small bump for some may be a huge mountain to others. It is great to be inspired by others and encourage your friends but don’t let their goals make yours feel smaller. And if needed, take a step back from everyone else to get rid of that narrow vision. You can do it. You deserve it.
If anyone would like help going down this list to get to a more specific plan for your New Year Resolution fill out the contact form below and let me know one or two of your general resolution ideas. I will get back to you shortly and help you figure it all out – Let’s tackle 2017 like the bosses we are!
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