As we reach the start of 2013, it’s a chance for new beginnings, a shot at making 2013 even better than 2012 was. Every year, we commit ourselves to doing something differently, to making a change, to improving our lives. We’re talking about New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them, but unfortunately, many of us fall short, and often not for a lack of trying. Here’s 10 ideas on how to set resolutions that will actually work for you and how to make sure you keep them:
Ten Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions In 2013
1 – Be Realistic
Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Likewise, you can’t change everything overnight. Goals are much more powerful when they are achievable with a little difficulty, rather than such a stretch that they’re impossible.
2 – Set Smaller Goals
If you can take your large goals and break them down in to more bite-sized chunks, you’re more likely to succeed. Think of this as building momentum. A few quick steps to get starting and soon you’re rolling downhill.
3 – Build in Milestones
Sometimes, even getting started on a resolution is an accomplishment in and of itself. By planning out where you want to be at year’s end, then determining where you need to be each month to meet that goal, you give yourself the chance for small victories along the way and the opportunity to realign if you’re missing the mark.
4 – Be Flexible
Not everything will go as planned – such is life. Before you set your resolution, be sure to think about all of the things that could knock you off course. If you prepare yourself for the obstacles that will almost certainly arise as you work towards your goals, you will have the knowledge, skills and willpower to overcome them.
5 – July is Part of 2013 too!
Many times, we overburden the start of the new year, while forgetting that we have an entire 12 months to make effective changes. If you’re simply too busy to do all you want in January, plan to start in July or whenever your schedule clears up. Making changes during 2013 is what really counts!
6 – Write Them Down
There’s a strange power that comes from writing things down – they’re more likely to get done! Make sure you record your resolutions and put them somewhere you will see them often. Try scheduling calendar reminders or putting notes in your planner to keep your resolutions top of mind.
7 – Work Together
If you’ve found that you’ve lost your way with your resolutions in past years, find someone to work with you. If you and a friend can tackle the same challenge, you can motivate each other to keep moving forward. Even if you can’t find someone with the same goal, find a friend you can share goals with. If each of you know each other’s resolutions, simply asking each other about them can keep you on the right path.
8 – Don’t Forget Others
We’ve all made resolutions about what we want to change about ourselves, but we often forget about the world around us. Sometimes the best resolutions we can make are the ones that improve the lives of others. Try setting resolutions about charitable giving, volunteering or just helping those around you. It’s incredible how likely you are to keep a resolution when you know that someone else is depending on you.
9 – Start with Habits
The power of habits is unbelievable – both good and bad! If you can start by changing a habit, you’re more likely to carry things through. But don’t expect things to change overnight. Altering your habits will take time and a lot of effort. However, if you can do it, you’re likely to end with change that will stick.
10 – Have Fun!
Don’t forget that a year is a looooooong time. Make sure you work in some fun to your resolutions to keep things from getting too serious and overwhelming. Find enjoyable activities that match up with your resolutions and go for it. Making things better shouldn’t be a slog, so have some fun out there!
If you need something fun and enjoyable to do, consider one of the 2013 Pretty Muddy Events. Great by yourself or with a group of ladies! It’s your chance to make 2013 Pretty Muddy and Pretty Awesome!
Ladies – We want to hear from you! Share your resolutions and tips for keeping them in the comments. We’d love to hear what you’re working toward in 2013!