We all start the new year with the best of intentions, making lists of resolutions in which we vow to form good habits and achieve new goals. But how many of us actually manage to keep them?
“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Oprah Winfrey
I, for one, am determined to stay on track! As we approach 17 January (the date known as ‘Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day’ because so many people have given up by this point!), I’ve collected some helpful tips for us all to keep in mind:
Focus on the things that will really make a difference. If you make your list too long, it will be hard to tackle everything effectively.
2. Be realistic
Make sure your resolutions are specific and achievable. It’s good to be creative and challenge yourself, but don’t let things get too vague or over-ambitious.
Rather than throwing a wishlist together in a rush, think ahead and include it in your strategic planning. Break down larger goals into smaller, actionable tasks to be completed throughout the year.
4. Share your goals
Why not join forces with an accountability buddy who can check in and provide encouragement? It’s well known that talking to other people about your goals and sharing your progress helps you stay committed and motivated.
5. Celebrate progress
Set milestones so you can track progress and feel a sense of achievement (maybe even get a reward?) when you reach them.
6. Stretch yourself
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Growth happens outside your comfort zone.
7. Plan downtime
Remember that it’s important to make time for you, to relax, recharge and take a break from the daily grind.
What are your goals, ambitions and resolutions for 2024? The sky is the limit!