I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one's own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation
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Get Results with New Year’s Resolutions

By Sinead Duffy 31st December 2014

2015I want to begin by wishing you an outstanding New Year and share my guide for getting results with resolutions in the year ahead and beyond.

January is one of the best times of year to take the courageous step of creating change in your life.  The holiday season provides a timely opportunity to relax, be mindful, and think about new opportunities or making a fresh start.

Your goals and intentions can become real for you this year provided you decide clearly, pursue purposefully, plan properly, and review regularly.  When your intentions come from a place of truth within you, they are aligned with your strengths, talents, and what you value.

In ancient Roman religion and mythology, January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.  He is usually depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions; one looks back at the past, while the other looks forward to the future.  In order to create change, you must bring forward your insights and experiences from the past to create a compelling vision for your future.

Each one of us has extraordinary dreams and desires and the potential to fulfill them using our innate talents and strengths.

 

Here is my Step-by-Step  Guide for Making and Keeping New Year Resolutions:

1. Be Grateful

Always begin with gratitude.  When you value and appreciate what is good in your life, you tend to create more of it.  Simply put, what you value grows.  What is it about your life that you love? What do you value in your life, and how can you go about creating more of it?


2. Get Clear

With so many options available, decision making can be overwhelming.  External influencers including family, friends, and society can steer your decisions in the wrong direction.  Resolving to do something because others say you should will only set you up for failure.

Make New Year’s resolutions for outcomes that you really want, something you are passionate about, something you feel you were born to do.  The best answers come from quality questions that clarify your true desires.

What do you really want to achieve this year?
What would you do in 2015 if you knew you could be successful doing it?
What do you want more of in your life?
What do you want less of?
What would you like to be different?

 

 3. Think Results

Think about your goals in terms of outcomes.  What result do you want to achieve?  The more specific and detailed you are about what you want to achieve, the easier it will be for you to plan for and attain.

Envision yourself as though you have already achieved your outcome, as though your New Year’s resolution has come true.  Go beyond visualisation and imagine the future with all of your senses.   See yourself having achieved your outcome.  Now step into that future; see what you see; hear what you hear, and feel what you feel.

 

4. Know Your Purpose

Why do you want to achieve this particular goal; why is it important to you?  The more reasons you have for achieving your outcome, the greater the driving force.  Herein is the powerhouse of your motivation and determination.  When challenges and obstacles raise their stubborn head, reviewing your reasons why you want this outcome will compel you forward.

 

5. Plan Your Action Steps

When you know what you want and why, the next step is planning.  Work out a detailed and prioritised list of actions.   Categorise the planned actions and include subsections if necessary Your action plan should act as an extremely specific method of how to achieve your planned outcome.  .

 

6. Stack Positive Habits

Consistency and self-discipline always go the distance compared to bright new ideas or short enthusiastic bursts of energy.  Do one thing daily that moves you closer to your planned outcome.  Make life easier for yourself by stacking up positive habits in your life.  E.g. eliminate things that distract you from your work or foods that tempt you to eat poorly.  Meet with like-minded people who can share ideas and hold you accountable.  Regularly review and reward yourself for reaching milestones.

 

Avoid the Downfall of Most New Year’s Resolutions

Too many people create an all-encompassing list of resolutions that would challenge even the most motivated and determined people on the planet.  Most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions because they:

  • Lack clarity about what they want and feel overwhelmed by indecision
  • Resolve to do something society or others suggest
  • Create a wish list of noble intentions e.g. play an instrument, learn a language, take up a sport
  • Give up early when stumbling blocks become more powerful than desire for the outcome.
  • Loose focus and becoming distracted by low priority tasks
  • Feel disempowered and isolated with little help, support or guidance.
  • Plan poorly and hope it works out
  • Strike wrong balance between  challenging and unrealistic
  • Undertake for a complete makeover of entire self
  • Set vague, immeasurable e.g. happier, healthier, fitter or more productive.

Great potential dwells within you, and you can tap into it by planning for outcomes that inspire you to achieve something great.  Allow yourself to go beyond the limits of unfulfilling comfort zones toward an exciting world of growth, reward, and fulfillment.

I wish you well with your New Year’s Resolutions.  If you’d like some help, just get in touch.

I’d love to hear from you? What are your best tips for making your New Year Resolutions a success?  What works best for you?  What have you learned?