How To Make New Years Resolutions You Will Actually Keep

As the new year approaches, I've been spending some time thinking (and reading some great blog and Pintrest posts!) about how I would like next year to look and if I will make any resolutions to help me achieve my goals for 2016 and I expect that it has crossed your mind too.

But how will we get there, how will we even know if we have achieved what we set out to? Will we get to the spring and wonder why we haven't managed to keep those resolutions or even forgotten them altogether? If we find it hard to keep to our personal promises (some made in a rush at midnight on the 31st December!) why do we fail to achieve what we have good intentions to do?

When it comes to New Years resolutions, I think most of us will say things like :

'I'll give up alcohol'

I'll go on a diet'

'I'll exercise more'

But how can we expect to stay on course when our goals are that broad and undefined? Perhaps one way to make sure we keep our resolutions is to think about how we want to feel next year and not just for a month or two but for the long term. Do you want to feel healthier, more fulfilled, appreciated in your job?

Have a think and come up with at least three ideas. Once you have decided on your goals decide how you will make them a reality. Make your actions SMART:

Specific

Measurable

Actionable

Realistic

Timebound

Make sure you will be able to tell when you are reaching your goal or when you are off course and also how far you have left to go. This will help you to stay motivated, especially if you are working towards long term goals.

If you can dream it you can do it quote by Walt Disney

And what will my New Years resolution be? To remain focused, to spend more time with friends that live miles away from me and to drink less coffee. Ok, so we all know that I won't achieve the third resolution, lets face it, I can't live without caffeine but I know I can achieve the the first two....I will keep you updated!

Best of luck with your resolutions and let me know how you get on!

Love Rachel

ps. For more inspiration, head over to www.jessicasays.com for her post 'Five Ways to Use December for an Awesome New Year' (aimed at bloggers but v useful for anyone!) 

 

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