Creating Realistic Resolutions (And Actually Keeping Them)
Updated: Jan 3
Another year has come and gone and a new decade is upon us. Resolutions are great to have but if you don't have a plan then it's just wishful thinking. Every goal needs to have an action plan on how to accomplish it and that's where most people fail when trying to keep their new year resolutions.
If you often catch yourself creating resolutions for the new year and not keeping them after three months, don't worry. We've all been there and we're here to help you break that bad habit. We're giving you the tips and tricks needed to actually make changes in your life ALL of 2020. You'll be one step closer to turning those dream goals into a reality!
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
If you haven't heard the story of the Tortoise & the Hare, it's a tale about a tortoise and a hare racing against each other. The Hare starts out fast but tires himself out and the turtle ends up winning the race despite its slow pace. The moral of the story is not to burn yourself out trying to win the race. The same concept applies to making goals for the new year! Many people make the mistake of creating drastic goals and trying to accomplish them all during the first month. SPOILER, it often leads to disappointment and burnout. It's no wonder we give up after February! Here's your plan of action: create your big dreams for the year and implement small habits that help you work towards them. It's important to create small goals that match your big dreams because when you do accomplish them, you can continue to celebrate the small wins. This will essentially prevent burnout! Resolutions aren't meant to be quick & rushed; they're about creating better habits to implement a lifestyle that will help you become a better YOU.
Be Real With Yourself
The biggest tip we can provide is to not get discouraged if your plans don't fall into place the way you planned them. Life happens and things can change the course of your plan. It will be okay. It's all about redirection and how you choose to respond. We really want to stress that resolutions are about changing the lifestyle you have for one that is better but it's not about obsessing over every little detail of your goal roadmap. Once your motivation slows down (which it will), the dedication to follow through with your goals is what will lead you to success. Things take time to unfold so be patient with yourself and the dreams you have.
Create a Roadmap and Then Some
Writing down your goals is step one but don't stop there! Create an outline of the goals you have and be detailed. What is the outcome? What is the outcome if you don't follow through? These are important questions! Writing an outline with the milestones you want to accomplish, the process of getting there, the obstacles that might happen, and how to track your progress will lead you to more success than simply writing them down. You are more likely to follow through if you know what you want and how to get there. To step it up a notch, create a vision board that matches your resolutions. Seeing what you're striving for daily allows you to visualize and focus on what you want. Visualization is a powerful tool and has been used for many years by athletes, bodybuilders, and entrepreneurs.
With a plan in motion, you can accomplish anything. It takes a lot of determination and willpower but your future self will thank you. We know you've got this! As the year is comes to an end, the Uproar team would like to wish you a Happy New Year!