That wonderful time of the year where the world seems to embrace you in universal encouragement to make a fresh start. Believe, dream big dreams, set goals your heart aches to achieve.
“Research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
What’s the Benefit of Attaining Your Resolution?
What impact do you hope to inspire in those you love and work with in the months ahead? Who do you desire to become in the best version of yourself? What do feel like, look like? How does attaining your quest help others attain theirs?
Studies indicate you are significantly more likely to succeed achieving your goals when you write them down. That being said, every January, I do exactly that. Creating categories to help me grow into full bloom, looks something like this:
Goals: Full Life – Full Year
1. Learn - A course, certification, seminar, or degree I aspire to achieve.
2. Retreat – A place scheduled to set my spirit alone for deep reflection.
3. Travel - A new place I desire to see, with new people to meet.
4. Volunteer – A contribution to help others just for the sake of doing it.
5. Body – A goal to schedule an activity to help me be fit and healthy.
6. Love - A desire to connect with family and friends in a deeper way.
7. Work - A new height for my business growth to make a positive impact.
8. Financial – A vision for abundance to support my dreams.
9. Spirit – An activity which helps me gratefully live in the present moment.
Of course, there’s always those subcategories for things like, “finish clearing out the stuff in the cellar.” I find most of these under the umbrella of the big picture goal to: get more organized.
10. Clear the Clutter - Where I live, work, and in my head!
A study in Psychology Today reports 3 Key components to help you succeed in keeping your New Years Resolution to completion.
1. Be Honest with Yourself.
2. Be Specific
3. Create a Support System
Take some time to reflect in a quiet place, where you can be freely inspired. You will feel the inner tug to expand your whole soul in a variety of ways which energize passion and purpose in your spirit. Promise!
The practical element to all of this goal setting stuff, is not only having determination, but some type of tracking and accountability system in place. You want to be able to measure and celebrate your progress, which fuels more forward momentum. This is a critical ingredient you can’t ignore.
“A study at the University of California indicates kind acts improve overall health and the feeling of well-being due to the release of dopamine (the “feel good” neurotransmitter) in the brain, resulting in a natural high.”
Being kind to yourself and others, is the glue to make all your other goals stick secure.
New Habits – New Results – New Feelings
“With insights from positive psychology going back to William James’s 19th century essay Habits and continuing through recent research on will power, motivation, and goals, we can greatly increase the probability of successfully improving specific habits.”
When you set yourself up for implementing these new habits, you are automatically planting seeds for new results, which will then produce the new feelings of success associated with achieving your resolutions and goals.
Connect and associate your new habit with something else that you find pleasant to keep you motivated.
Remember whatever your goals are for this year, make sure to include enjoying your own company, regardless of results. You need to be your own best friend in every day, before you can expect anyone else to do the same.
The Best Year of Your Life begins now, with this very moment. Enjoy the journey of discovering the amazing you!
Happy New Year!
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
Edith Lovejoy Pierce