New Year’s Resolution vs Setting Goals

Ways To Actually Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions In 2020! 

As the New Year fastly approaches. It’s natural to feel a bit excited by the prospect of leaving behind the old year and beginning anew.

On January 1, everyone seems to have an idea of how they want their new year to look, from healthier habits to learning new skills. But we’ve all made New Year’s resolutions that we’ve quickly broken.

When you slip back into your usual routine after that fresh “new year” feeling, it’s hard to maintain that motivation and commitments we’ve made for ourselves.

If you want 2020 to be the year that you make and keep your resolutions, you need a strategy to hold yourself accountable.

The very First step that will definitely get you what you want and desire is To know what you want!

What Do You Really Want? I’m learning  to be specific. One can’t just put out to the universe, I want a big house. One must say, “I want a home that has plenty of windows, where the sun shines through so brightly. A home that is at least 7200 sq feet with land to grow a garden. A place that is big enough for family events and gatherings”. You get where I’m going!

After visualizing( because we have to imagine having it)  The Magic that is finally going to get what your heart desire is this (drum roll please)!

Write It Down!  Put It On Paper!  Watch the Magic unfold in your life!

Some Strategies That May Help Alone the Way And Hold You Accountable

1. Write It Down On Paper

It has been proven in studies that the process of writing down—by hand—your goals, aims or resolutions will make you more likely to achieve them.

2. Make It Fun

Make your goals Fun! Start Small!  We are only human. Majority of us fail at our goals by the second week, but so what? Start again! It’s never too late. Goals are a joy to achieve when you are playful at attaining them!  Reward yourself with prizes for any achievement.

Make goals inspiring and fun to accomplish. Review your goals often, checking in that you still want to achieve this goal. Enjoy the journey and success!

3. Make New Week’s, Not New Year’s, Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions can seem appealing, but to commit to something year-long is a huge undertaking. And the disappointment of not meeting it can weigh heavy since it implies that you’ve failed majorly.

A better approach is to make commitments weekly. This might include renewing commitments from previous weeks.

4. Skip Resolutions And Make Declarations

Traditional resolutions tend to fall apart before January ends. Instead, make three (and only three) life- or career-changing declarations for 2020.

For example, “I will loose at least 5 pounds this month,” “I will close the largest deal of my career,” or “I will attend a yoga class at least once a week.” The themes matter little as long as they fit your appetite for learning, growth and adventure. Declare them clearly!

5. Create A Vision Board

One of the best ways to really crystallize your New Year’s resolutions is to create a vision board. Start by collecting images and words that represent what you’d like to achieve and how you’d like to feel. Put these together into a collage. Then sit back and truly connect to the vision you have for yourself. Put your vision board somewhere where you can see it every day. Then make it happen!

6. Prepare Yourself For Change

The No. 1 reason resolutions don’t stick is that people don’t do the work to prepare themselves for the change. Lasting change doesn’t happen until your mind is ready, which includes seeing more pros to change than cons. This takes mental work. Lasting change doesn’t happen when you just make yourself do something different.

7. Make Your Goals Incremental

Many know to make a goal S.M.A.R.T. Go one step further and make it incremental. It’s helpful to have smaller milestones to spur regular action, limit procrastination and measure progress. Rather than “loose 20 lbs this month ” define the goal as, “I will loose 5 lbs this month.”

8. Pay Attention To Your Limiting Thinking

Focusing on your goals is an important part of meeting your goals. The second and much less common part is focusing on competing commitments. We consciously commit to our resolutions like growing the business, and at the same time we are unconsciously committed to avoiding rejection. This competing commitment can derail our ability to accomplish our resolutions.

9. Evaluate Your Habits

Resolutions rarely work because we have a tendency to focus on the big goal itself and neglect to focus on the actions you must take to reach that goal.

Whenever you embark on a new goal or vision, you must first evaluate which habits you need to change or acquire to achieve success. Regardless of what you want to achieve, if you don’t focus on what it takes to get there, you never will.

10. Create A Team Of Accountability Partners

Have a small group of trusted friends and colleagues with whom to meet monthly. Start off the year sharing resolutions, goals and strategy plans. Each month,  keep each other accountable and on track toward achieving milestones towards your plans.

11. Set Goals That Align With Your Everyday Life

Resolutions are nice to have, but they are often not accomplished because we are too busy with other things. A good way to ensure you get them done is to turn them into written goals that are exclusively yours and in harmony with your everyday life. Additionally, ensure these goals are specific and written in a positive tone. Make them so that you can measure and attain them.

12. Map It Out And Take Action

You wouldn’t have been given the dream if you didn’t have the power to move into it today. Sit down, map it out, find resources and take action. You can always perfect the plan as you go.

13. Focus On Micro-Changes

Resolutions are mostly a waste of time. They are too big, too ambitious and require too much energy. Avoid feeling like a failure and embrace incremental improvement instead. What micro-change can you make this month? When you master that, tackle something else. Small changes add up to big wins. Make changes in alignment with your priorities and goals for long-term fulfillment.

14. Measure And Share Your Progress

We manage what we measure. Translate your New Year’s resolutions into specific behaviors and action steps and write those down as a checklist. Then measure your progress every day by marking a simple “yes” or “no” next to each item on the list. At the end of the week, review your progress and share it with a close partner. It is difficult to lie to ourselves when we see our progress on paper.

15. Aim To Be Better Than You Were Yesterday

Be better than you were yesterday. Personal and business lives are always evolving, and we encounter obstacles that we have to overcome. The goal is not to be perfect or to achieve something spectacular. Hence progress and improvement can only be measured in context. Being better in one area than you were yesterday is not only simple to understand but easy to achieve.

Some Achievable Resolutions (Goals) for Me In 2020!

Actually doing your New Year’s Resolution?

Start with a vision board. A lot of us over look this one technique. If your resolution/Goal is to be a better person in 2020, then cut out words or a photo of the person you are wanting to become. This way you can look at this each day and picture yourself becoming that person and so on.

Play more?

Don’t be so serious all the time. If you have children, go outside and play ball with them, go skating. Be more playful with your partner. Put the computer and phones away. Go outside and just enjoy nature.

Learn something new each day?

Read a book, meet with individuals that are inspiring to you and learn from them. Attend webinars on topics that interest you. Surround yourself with positive and thriving individuals.

Loose weight?

This is a  popular resolution for a lot of us and sadly is one of the most failed resolutions. Why, because there is no one diet- fits- all, says best selling author, nutritionist, yoga instructor,  Lyn-Genet Recitals of the Metabolism Plan.  First, discover the Foods and Exercises That Work for Your Body to Reduce Inflammation and Drop Pounds Fast! If you want to loose weight you need to:

  • Stop counting calories.
  • Stop eating healthy foods.
  • Stop exercising so darn much.

Calorie counting doesn’t work.  If it did says Lyn-Genet Recitals, we would all be skinny. If calorie counting worked, you wouldn’t be beating yourself up right now for your body not “responding.”

Healthy foods? There is no such thing-only what is healthy for you. Each of us is chemically unique, which means that a food  works for me might trigger a weight-gaining  sensitivity in you. For example, One may gain an entire pound every time the have one little 70-calorie egg, while eggs may be the healthiest food for another. “We’re all different-and calories have nothing to do with that,” says Lyn-Genet Recitals.

Then there’s exercise, which has become the new diet religion, the thing that’s supposed to be good for everybody all the time, and the more, the better. But here’s the truth says Lyn, “If you exercise too intensely for your body, you’ll gain weight because you’ll drive up your levels of inflammation and cortisol, a stress hormone that can slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight.

Yoga and the Benefits

Not a gym person? Bore easily at the gym? Then Yoga may be your 2020 regiment! Here are the benefits:

  • Decrease Stress- Studies show that yoga can help ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Relieves Anxiety-Studies show that yoga can help ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • May Reduce Information- Some studies show that yoga may reduce inflammatory markers in the body and help prevent pro-inflammatory diseases.
  • Could Improve Heart Health-Alone or in combination with a healthy lifestyle, yoga may help decrease risk factors for heart disease.
  • Improves Quality of Life-Some studies show that yoga could improve quality of life and may be used as an adjunct therapy for some conditions.
  • May Fight Depression-Several studies have found that yoga may decrease symptoms of depression by influencing the production of stress hormones in the body.
  • Could Reduce Chronic Pain-Yoga may help reduce chronic pain in conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis.
  • Could Promote Sleep Quality-Yoga may help enhance sleep quality because of its effects on melatonin and its impact on several common contributors to sleep problems.
  • Improves Flexibility and Balance-Research shows that practicing yoga can help improve balance and increase flexibility.
  • Could Help Improve Breathing-Yoga incorporates many breathing exercises, which could help improve breathing and lung function.
  • May Relieve Migraines-Studies show that yoga may stimulate the vagus nerve and reduce migraine intensity and frequency, alone or in combination with conventional care.
  • Promotes Healthy Eating Habits-Yoga encourages mindfulness, which may be used to help promote mindful eating and healthy eating habits.
  • Can Increase Strength-Some studies show that yoga can cause an increase in strength, endurance and flexibility.

Start a Meditation practice?

Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect  the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness.
Start an Affirmation  practice? 

Start Journaling?

Stop procrastinating?

Spend quality time with family?

Travel to beautiful places?

Upgrade my technology?

Staying motivated?

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