2020 Vision: How to Set (and achieve) the Perfect New Years Resolution
We might say this every year, but it feels like 2019 has just flown by! Not only is this year coming to an end, this entire decade is ending. January 1st, 2020 offers a fresh start and a blank slate for so many of us. Whether or not you’ve achieved your resolutions in years past, here are some ways to help you set and achieve the perfect New Years resolution for 2020.
Step 1: Evaluate your Situation
Before you can even think about your resolution, you need to think about where you’re at now. Consider where you’re at in life currently. Think about things you love about your life, your job, your relationships, your self-worth. Then, think about what you wish might be different. How much of that is in your control? More often than not, we are able to control most of the things we wish were different in our lives. Once you come up with the things you can personally change, you’re ready for the next step.
Step 2: Make a List of Goals
Take each note about what you want to change in your life and turn it into a goal. When creating goals, make sure that each one is measurable and realistically attainable. For example, winning the lottery isn’t a realistic goal if you are trying to improve your finances. Setting realistic goals is beneficial because you are more likely to achieve them and work toward something that is actually within your reach.
If you are unhappy with your weight, try setting a goal like this: I want to lose 25 pounds this year.
If you’re unhappy with your career: I will get a new job by the end of the year.
Step 3: Set a Plan
Now that you have goals, it’s time to create a plan to help you achieve them. Don’t wait until November 2020 to try and lose 25 pounds. Be realistic; break up your goal into monthly (and possibly even weekly) smaller goals. Try to lose 2-3 pounds a month, so by the end of the year, you will have achieved your initial goal. Each time you check off a piece of your goal, you’re one step closer to achieving your 2020 resolution!
Step 4: Hold Yourself Accountable
Accountability is a huge part of goal setting. Are you checking off your smaller goals? If your resolution is to save more money, and your plan involved saving a percentage of each paycheck, hold yourself accountable to actually do that. Are you actually putting that percentage aside or in a savings account? Or are you spending it? If you make sure to keep yourself in check, this will help you make it by the end of the year.
Pro Tip: If you think you’ll have trouble holding yourself accountable, find a family member or friend who can help. This way, there is someone else checking in on your progress, and you’ll be less likely to quit. Also, who doesn’t like added motivation?
Step 5: Celebrate your Small Victories
Don’t wait until your goal is 100% complete to feel accomplished. If you’re making progress and meeting your monthly goals, celebrate that! Reward yourself with an activity that you love, or by spending some time just relaxing. Seeing results is inspiring, and you’ll be less likely to give up on your resolution if you’re seeing progress. Using a journal can help you keep track of where you’re at while working towards each goal.
Step 6: Don’t Give Up
This is probably the most important tip for sticking to your resolution. If you have any setbacks in your timeline, don’t lose hope or quit altogether. Most people are going to hit roadblocks on the path to their goal. No one is perfect. Remind yourself why you set your resolution in the first place, and let that fuel you to keep going. It’s okay to alter your goals or adjust your schedule in order to stick to your resolution.
With each of these steps in mind, you should be ready to start off the brand new decade feeling confident and excited about reaching new goals! 2020 is the year to be the best version of yourself that you can be! Visualize what you want out of this upcoming year, set the perfect New Years resolution, and achieve it.
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