Do you love the first week of January? The smell of possibility is in the air. It feels like a clean closet or an organized junk drawer. There’s nothing like starting fresh, with a blank canvas awaiting you. So often, the first brushstroke comes with making New Year’s Resolutions.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions?
Perhaps you’ve read the headlines that only 8% of people follow through on their resolutions. Not a high statistic, but not to worry. I’ve got your back! I’m going to divulge the 3 keys to secure success. I use these myself and with my clients .
My resolution is to help you achieve what is possible for you in the year ahead.
Key 1: Pick one thing at a time
Resist the urge to choose too many resolutions. Massive changes will overwhelm you and cause you to give up on all of them. The key is to focus your energy and willpower on one thing. Only when it’s completed do you move on to the next. You’ll be more successful and gain momentum if you make a commitment to one resolution at a time and celebrate the milestones along the way.
Key 2: Give thanks
Gratitude is a powerful force for making things happen. Rather than writing your resolution as a watery wish, rephrase it by giving thanks as if it has already happened. For example: “I will clean up my office” turns into “I’m so happy and grateful that I can find things in my office”. When you describe your resolution with gratitude, you engage the part of your brain that enhances focus and helps you concentrate on the possibility of success.
Key 3: Set yourself up for success
The excitement you feel for your resolution often fades with time. Before you know it, it gets put aside and you resume your old habits. Creating new habits means revising the way you think. Your current habits are deep-rooted and have become “comfortable” to you. In order to make changes you must create a new belief system. Begin your day with your resolution at the forefront. Post it in a prominent place where you can see it and read it out loud. In doing so, you are making strong shifts in your belief system and setting yourself up for success.
Share your New Year’s resolution in the comments below. Which key will you use to make it a reality?