The New Year is all about resolutions. My social media is flooded with them. I have a love hate relationship with the idea of New Year’s resolutions. In some ways, I think it’s really inspiring and hopeful. It’s nice to close one chapter and move forward with a fresh attitude of motivation and productivity. On the other hand, it also sets people up for disappointment with resolutions they fail to keep up with. That’s why instead of resolutions, I try to create small, achievable plans. For example, if your resolution is to “work out more”, you are leaving a lot of strings untied. Instead of an open ended and vague resolution like this, which leaves me a lot of room to slip through the cracks, I will create a plan to help me commit to the resolution of working out. I go through and plan out the specific things I need to think about or put in place in order for me accomplish that goal. Where am I going to work out? Do I buy a gym membership, a deal on a Pilates or spin class package, or do I decide that home workouts are the most feasible for me? If choose to do home workouts, do I need any equipment, videos, or guides?
I ’m starting to sound redundant, but it’s so important! Whenever I have made an open ended goal, I always have found a way to get out of it or delay it, but when I create a whole plan around that goal, it becomes 100x easier to stick to it. Let’s go back to my example resolution to work out more in 2018. I wrote that goal down, and then created a plan to make it achievable. I bought a class package and decided that I will do Pilates 2 days out of the week based on my work schedule. I actually chose these days and put them into my calendar. I also scheduled which days I will do home workouts. I know that I need to follow a video to stay accountable, so I have made a list of my favorite videos. This way I always have what I need ready for me. I also asked my husband to keep me accountable. Basically, I have covered all my bases and have made it more difficult to come up with any excuses that might get in the way of me sticking to this resolution.
This post wasn’t made to make you feel that your resolution should be to work out (but can you tell it’s definitely mine). It’s just an example of how to create plan that is achievable and easy to stick to. Instead of over committing yourself choose 1-3 things that you will actually execute. Trust me, you will feel so accomplished, and then you’ll feel more motivated to set new goals for yourself and improve upon the ones you’ve already committed to. Nothing makes me feel worse than the guilt or shame of not accomplishing a goal or task that I set for myself. Now, I under commit. Am I selling myself short? No, I’m actually being self-aware and recognizing that I am busy, and I have certain tendencies or habits that sometimes get in the way of accomplishing certain goals that I might have. Instead of allowing this to get me down, or stand in my way, I realize what to do to overcome it. I choose a few things I know that I can complete, and then I feel great once I do!
// HOW I GO FROM RESOLUTION TO EXECUTION:
1. WRITE THEM DOWN: I love physically writing down my resolutions, intentions, and goals. I have a thing for notebooks and pens so it’s something that makes me excited. I keep it by my nightstand so that I can refer to it throughout the rest of the year. This is really important! You don’t want this to be something you just do on December 31 and then ignore the rest of the year. It’s a New YEAR resolution, not a day resolution.
2. CREATE YOUR PLAN: I then go through a Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? Fill whatever applies for that resolution, and really focus on the WHY and the HOW. I think that not having a purpose and then a plan for execution are two of the most common reasons we tend to fail to stick to and achieve our resolutions or goals. For each goal, think of the most common excuses you might make for yourself in the future, and then put a plan in place to help combat each of those excuses.
3. KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE: For me personally, this is essential. I keep myself accountable by scheduling things in my calendar and asking people for help. I ask my husband, my sister, and a friend to help keep me on track. You don’t want someone who is going to police you around and make you feel guilty, you want someone who understands your WHY, and who will support you and give you a little push when you are struggling.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it motivates you to make some achievable goals for yourself in the New Year! Remember, firstly it’s all about your WHY, your purpose, and your intention. Secondly, it’s your HOW. With a plan set in place you will definitely succeed.Now, let’s have the best, most productive, and healthiest year yet!
// Dr. Nikka Kanani, ND