Christmas is over as fast as the new year begins. Shortly after a few drinks, someone’s awful back garden firework display and ten rounds of auld lang syne with complete strangers, your thoughts may just sway towards new years resolutions. I’ve never been a big fan of them, usually finding that come December only a handful of people will even remember what they set out to achieve, let alone actually achieving them. I prefer the term ‘goals for the year’, rather than hopeful promises to yourself. One of my goals for this year is to actually become one of the small minority that does remember their new years resolutions, the type of person that does complete them, these people, my friends, are called organised people. This year I plan to develop into a more organised individual. I found myself realising that most of my worries, my sadness and financial troubles, they all stem from my lack of organisation. Be organised, be happy, those are my goals. With that said, here are my do’s and don’ts when setting out your new years resolutions:
1. Be Realistic
We are all guilty of that ridiculous goal at one point in our lives, for some, more than once. “This year I’m going to learn to fly.” or “I’m going to master cooking.” There is nothing wrong with aiming high of course, but sometimes these goals need breaking down slightly. For example, saying you will learn to fly, instead pre book a session or two in flight simulation. Rather than mastering cooking, promise yourself you will make at least one meal from scratch every week. This way you can see clearly the progress you make.
2. Write it down
For goodness sake write it down, somewhere clear, somewhere that you wont forget. To achieve goals you need motivation, set yourself deadlines and write them onto a calendar.
3. Do What You Like
There is no point in choosing a resolution if it isn’t something you want to do. Many choose to lose weight or exercise more often, if your only doing it for others then screw that idea up and throw it away. If you are happy in yourself then don’t put yourself through the heart ache and suffering if it was a goal that is merely ‘the best thing to do’. Pick something you can genuinely get excited about, and even more so when you see results.
Most rewards will come in achieving what you set out, but if it’s a difficult challenge like loosing weight or mastering a craft, then you must break the goals up and reward yourself at certain points. Say you wanted to learn a language, tell yourself once you have completed two volumes of Rosetta Stone’s how to learn Spanish and feel comfortable at that, as a reward perhaps book yourself for a weekend trip to Madrid to test out what you have learnt.
5. Friends and Family
Telling close loved ones your goals and asking for their support is better still than writing it down somewhere. Sure it would be great to give up smoking in secret and reveal to your friends on your next night out, just to see the look of shock on their faces. But realistically if you keep those sort of goals to yourself, you are a lot more likely to fail. This is usually because if nobody knows your trying, then there is nobody to know you failed.
Good luck to each and every one of you for 2015, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous year.