resolution revolution

It’s that time of year again when we all get excited about the new year. Then there’s the New Years celebration at which the inevitable question pops up – What’s your New Years Resolution? A lot of people like to “recycle” the resolutions they made last year and didn’t give a second look at after the 1st of January.

If you’re on the ball, you’ve already come with one (or twenty) resolutions for 2013 and are at the ready when this question gets asked. If you’re smart, you’ve even mapped out how you’re going to achieve it. And if you’re a genius? You’ve set your goal, you’ve mapped the course and you’re already on your way to that treasure of achievement.

What is it that makes resolutions so hard to keep? Resolutions get caught up in the heat of the moment. They often lack the realistic view-point they need in order to make them achievable. They’re often devised with a very small time frame of achievement too – you’ve already set yourself up for failure  if you haven’t formulated it correctly.

What’s the best formula for a resolution? Goal + Resolution = Achievement

Resolution; the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.
Goal; the result or achievement toward which effort is directed.

Goal
Get very specific.
What is it?
Can you measure progress easily?
Is it realistic?
When can you get there?

Resolution
How are you going to achieve the above goal?
What small changes can you implement which will help you to chip away at the goal?
How are you going to measure how you’re progressing?
Set your intentions now. Don’t wait until New Years Eve to throw them all together.

Visibility
Write your goal on to a piece of paper and carry it around with you. In your wallet, handbag, iPod case, whatever. Pull it out of its safe space and look at it when you need to. Is your goal around weight loss? pull the goal out every time you think “hmm that chocolate cake looks really yummy and one pice won’t hurt” – one side should have your goal on it, the other should have “I choose to eat (insert vice here) or I choose to achieve my goal. it’s my choice.” If your goal is to save money, write your goal on a note of cash and carry it with you in your purse or wallet. It will remind you every time you go to spend that money that you’re saving for something important. And if you spend that note, you’ve physically given your goal away.

Present Tense
Setting your goals in present tense is one of the key things to do in order to achieve your goals. This is effectively writing it as if it is an affirmation. The body is pretty clever. read more about how the brain takes on exactly what you say here: the power of language.

Include Feeling words
Never underestimate the power of emotion and feelings. Look at these two goals and tell me which one feels like a better goal:

1. I now weigh 55 kilograms
2. I now feel fit, healthy and energetic & I easily achieve and maintain a healthy weight for my bone structure.

Think about how achieving the goal will make you feel.
Include those feeling words in the goal.

Remember that setting the goal is simply the starting point. There are more actions and plans that need to be put in motion if you want the goals to be achieved. Take into account the above tips and set yourself on a course for a Resolution Revolution.

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