How to Stick with New Years Resolutions/Goals

How to Stick with New Years Resolutions/Goals

At the beginning of every year, Dry January starts, the gyms are packed again, and we go into hitting reset on the things we want to start over with or improve. When making New Year Resolutions/goals can seem like an endless cycle, how do we stick to them? Here are two ways to stick with it this year. After you complete these, place them in an area where you can see them daily and set monthly calendar reminders to check in with yourself or your family on the status of your goals.

Vision Board
A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. Regularly looking at your vision board lets you immerse yourself in a visual representation of what you want or hope to achieve. I started making vision boards in my adulthood, but it was something that I wanted my boys to do as children. This can be done alone or with friends, family, or co-workers. You can use magazine pictures, your own pictures, newspaper clippings, drawings, or stickers. Get creative.

Priority List
Something I did a few years ago was had my family make a list of the top priorities in our lives. Under that, we listed how and what we would do to keep them a priority. After we made our lists, I made a copy and placed it in our bedrooms, bathrooms, and a common area like the kitchen so that they are constant reminders to keep us on track. Please be sure NOT to use these lists as condemnation for the things that have not been accomplished but more of a gentle reminder of what “You” said you wanted to either achieve change or improve. Also, don’t forget to celebrate small victories. Here is an example of a list:

God

  • Read my bible verses every morning
  • Spend at least 30 minutes before bed reading a devotional and praying
  • Intentionally practice the Fruits of the Spirit
  • Fast every Wednesday

Family

  • Family Game Night every Thursday
  • No phone when spending time with my family
  • Ask more of what they want to do
  • Don’t talk about work at home
  • Get outside and play basketball with the boys at least once a week

Career

  • Be quick to listen and slow to speak
  • Watch my non-verbals
  • Take a lunch break to refocus

Self-Care

  • More positive thinking
  • Get nails done every month
  • Start back getting monthly massages

 

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