It's that time of year again! We all start deciding on New Years Resolutions to try and stick with that will help us reach our goals. Unfortunately, many of us don't end up sticking to them. It's strange to think about why we set resolutions every year if we know that they won't last 'til the end of the year. I wonder if it has to do with our goals, themselves? Are they achievable? Will they make you happy? While setting resolutions, are you asking yourself 'why'?
My resolution this year is the same as the last. My goal is to be happy. It's a little open-ended, but it leaves a lot of room for me to be resourceful and possibly successful. If I start going to the gym like I would like to, that will make me happy. But if it doesn't work out due to any number of circumstance, I still want to be able to be happy with myself. I can always better myself in a myriad of ways, but if all I ever do is put myself down for my shortcomings, I'll never be able to grow and be happy.
Resolutions For You
There are many ways to look at the resolutions. Making Resolutions is meant to inspire you to be a better version of yourself, but ultimately, making sure you're happy is just as important. If the goals you set for yourself are bound to make you unhappy or resentful, you're more likely to let them drop off.
Making the decision to be a better version of yourself is a difficult one and is best begun by taking care of your internal struggles. Working on dealing with your emotions, your frustrations, and your bad habits can be the perfect starting point. It sounds a little sappy, but getting to know yourself and managing the things in your life that tend to stress you out are the first steps to moving forward. You can't accomplish anything new if you're still playing with the same old rules.
Once you have a better understanding of the person you are and the person you want to be, you can start looking at the person you want to share with others. Everyone has bad days and there are always going to be adversaries. Inevitably, it comes down to the things that you value most and the goals you decide to set. You are responsible for yourself, so taking the opportunity to improve is the perfect resolution for the beginning of a new year!
Resolutions at work can be a little different than the ones you set for yourself. If done correctly, these resolutions can set you up for future success stories.
Something that is easier said than done is staying committed to being organized! Use the new year as an excuse to start fresh. Take a day and organize everything from your desk to your desktop. Give everything a home, and make sure they always return there. It's the Marie Kondo way! Once you feel like everything is under control, the maintenance of keeping it clean will be integrated into the every day use or a quick 5 minutes at the end of the day. But here's the deal - you have to start with the first overhaul! Clean it up, clear it out, then commit to maintaining it.
One of the most difficult things I have found in setting my work resolutions is learning to let things go. Being able to recognize when to stand your ground and when to roll with the punches is so important for your mental health and for the environment you work in. Allowing yourself a moment to wind down at the end of the day and leave all of the day's stresses at the door is so hard for those of us who put so much of ourselves into our work. Teaching yourself to let go of the things that are out of our control and accepting the things that weigh you down is the perfect work resolution for a successful year.
Tips and Tricks for Sticking to Your Goals
- Repeat, Repeat, REPEAT: The human body tends to require some sort of repetition when learning a new habit. If you're looking for something to stick out in your memory, the best way to do it is to repeat, repeat, repeat. Once you consistently add something to your routine, it'll be harder to forget.
- Set Reminders: Writing yourself notes, setting reminders, asking others to prompt you in your efforts to do something are all valid ways of sticking to your goals. The important thing is that you remember to do it! In order to maintain your ambition to follow through with your goals, you're going to have to set reminders to help yourself follow-through!
- Set Goals, Earn Rewards: This trick is one I use a lot, but setting goals for yourself with a rewards system in mind acts as a perfect incentive to sticking to your goals. The best part about granting yourself rewards is that there are a wide range of options to inspire you! Taking a break from your activities, allowing yourself a treat after accomplishing part of your goal, anything that brings you joy with the intent of keeping you on track works as a reward.
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