by Kerry Fleckenstein on January 9, 2014
2014 is here. You have probably made resolutions and promised yourself a fresh start. At the beginning of each year many people want a clean slate, a “do-over” and a chance to turn over a new leaf, but where do we start?
1. Do you want a total life makeover or do you only need to change a few things?
Your resolution doesn’t have to be huge. The “do-over” could apply to any area of your life you feel needs improving. Whatever it is you want to change, jot them down on a piece of paper. Make this your wishlist for personal improvement. You need to know exactly what you want to change, so be specific as possible. A lot of people say, “I want to lose weight,” “I want to be happy,” ”I want to be healthier” or “I want to be more organized.” These are all great resolutions, but they are a bit too general.
2. Make a list of specifics.
People who outline measurable steps to achieving their goals are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. It’s great that you want to lose weight or be happier, but how are you going to accomplish those goals? Goals are not open-ended. Rather, they are meant to be completed so that new goals can be made. So instead of saying you want to lose weight, you could say I want to lose weight and I will do that by eating healthier and exercising more during the week.
3. Be realistic and plan accordingly.
One of the reasons why we don’t keep our resolutions is because we often throw so much energy into them in the beginning and then the energy fizzles out. You’re not going to lose 35 pounds during your first few weeks of exercising or eating healthier, so set a realistic goal of losing a few pounds.
4. Make a vision board.
There is something to the Law of Attraction—that which you think of and imagine you can achieve. Focus on what you want as opposed to what you don’t want. Take a day to make a creative poster showing the goals you would like to achieve. Find words, images and phrases that inspire you to remember the goals you would like to achieve. If you want to go to Hawaii, put a picture of Hawaii on your vision board. Your intentions and emotions will be tied to your board, which will help you to stay on course. Place your board someplace prominent like on a refrigerator or next to your desk. Every time you see your board it will subconsciously remind you and act as reinforcement for your goal.
5. Take inventory on what serves and doesn’t serve you in this life.
Get rid of toxic relationships, bad attitudes, habits and behaviors and replace them with healthy alternatives. The energy that you surround yourself with, you will put forth, so strive for health in this department. This might be the food that gives you heartburn, or that person who brings you down. Surround yourself with inspirational people and thoughts. Again, the Law of Attraction works here.
6. Let the past go.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before or what has happened to you in the past—you have a fresh start now! Don’t look back. Keep marching forward! Today is a new day, a new start, a new way.
7. Be gentle on yourself.
Sometimes we fall off the wagon. Don’t beat yourself up or give up because you’ve had a bad day. We tend to be our own worst enemy when we mess up. Try to remember baby steps and baby attitude. Refer back to step six, if needed. Remember, you are the person you create yourself to be. Make the most of this time and use this fresh start to become the new and improved you in 2014!
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