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New Year’s Resolutions or Just Thoughts of Change?

It’s crazy how fast time flies and that we are already at the end on February! Before we get too far into the New Year, I thought it would be a good idea for us to remember the resolutions we made for 2017.

Research shows that only 8% of people follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions. Only 8 Percent! Why take the time to plan out what you want to accomplish in the New Year if you aren’t going to follow through?

With such a low percentage rate on follow-through, I suggest setting regular goals rather than making once a year resolutions.

Goals are different from resolutions, as they are much more action-oriented.  True goals are written down, broken into action steps, and have timelines and deadlines attached to them.

Rather than being pushed to the back burner, true goals are kept in the forefront of our lives.  They are posted on or refrigerators, on our bathroom mirrors, on our desktops or phones as screensavers.  They are important enough to never be out of sight!

I understand that we all get busy. But if we aren’t on top of our goals we can easily fall behind and lose motivation. Sometimes (if they’re not staring us in the face) we even forget we ever had a goal to begin with.  The more time that passes, the less we remember the things we said were important, because we haven’t made those things a priority. We’ve made “whatever comes up today” important.

Putting it bluntly, life just gets in the way.

So, how do we break this cycle?  How do we follow through on the things that we say we want?

First, we need to feel good about the goals we are setting.  Our goals need to excite us and empower us!  Next, we need to believe those goals are worthwhile and attainable.  Setbacks in the past may leave us feeling defeated, but we need to trade in that defeat and our limiting beliefs for a knowing that we can and will reach our goals!

Next we need to have a big enough WHY.  Why do you want to achieve the goals you’ve set out to accomplish? The reason or the WHY has to be powerful enough to motivate you to take action.

We also need to let go of the past and the things that have been draining our energy.  We need to shut the door to the things that didn’t work out and/or to the people who hurt us, who let us down, who deceived us, and so forth.  We need to be realistic about what didn’t work out, what went wrong and why, and move forward with a clear mindset.

It’s also a good idea to have an accountability partner.  Someone who will help keep you on track and give you that push you need when you don’t feel like doing the work that you need to.  That person can be a co-worker, a friend, a parent, a spouse or a coach…anyone who you feel comfortable sharing your goals with and being accountable to. You can also agree to be that person’s accountability partner as well.

The more good energy attached to your goals, the better!

So take a look at your New Year’s resolutions and be honest with yourself about how much work you have put toward them so far.  Then turn those resolutions into goals and GET STARTED!

You can do this!  Just take the first step.  Make what you say you want IMPORTANT! Don’t wait any longer, get moving NOW.  And if you need additional help, call me!

I wish you all the success and happiness you desire!

Much Love ~ Tara

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