Friday, February 7, 2014

New Years Resolutions

So, it's officially February. How is your New Year's Resolution holding up? According to Psychology Today, 40% of people break their resolution within 30 days. My solution? Instead of making one big, broad goal, break that sucker up into 100 tiny goals! Yep, 100 of them!

For the last four years, I have been creating lists of 100 small goals to accomplish during each new year. It may seem overwhelming, but it actually helps me to narrow my focus. If you set a goal to "Get healthier" this year, you aren't setting a solid foundation from which to work. How do you plan to get healthier? How can you narrow it down? Maybe you can take the stairs instead of the elevator? Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual? Have fresh fruit for breakfast every morning, instead of that fast 'n easy McD's? The more you try to stretch your big goal into 100 smaller ones, the more new ways you'll discover that you have room in your life to make small, non-threatening changes to your lifestyle.

Another way to fill out your list is to make categories of goals. My categories are usually personal growth (no gossiping! inspire others!), financial (pay down that debt!), and business (expand and create!).

Once you have your list, put it somewhere where you will see it every day of 2014. I save mine as a simple Notepad file and put it in a conspicuous area of my desktop. You could also print yours and pin it to the wall near your door. Better yet, add inspirational photos to help you visualize your goals and keep them in a notebook by your bed, so you can reflect on how you are doing every night.

At the end of the year, look back and be proud of everything you were able to accomplish. I am never able to reach all 100 goals, but I always feel great reflecting on the growth I made. If there are goals remaining at the end of the year, you can roll those over into next year! Maybe you can change them a little to make them easier to accomplish. Sometimes, your life changes so much over a year that they just don't fit into your lifestyle anymore. No matter what, just keep it up! You'll be doing great things this year. <3

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