RESOLUTION DON’T MAKE SENSE WITHOUT YOUR SPIRIT BEHIND IT
Whether you believe it or not your resolution is just a piece of information or ideas about what you want to achieve in the year on paper. This could be short or long term resolution depending on what you want and how badly you want to achieve them and how passionate you want to bring the set goals into reality.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently— Tony Robbins
You and I know that any significant change requires dedicated practice and self-discipline, whether that change has to do with acquiring new skills, quit smoking or alcohol, lose weight to get into your ideal shape, loving your spouse more, being a good mother or dad, start exercising or get into the gym to start that training you’ve have been postponing, drinking more water etc. are all great ideas New Year Resolution.
I hear many people who quite often say that they have not been able to achieve their resolutions and for that matter they are unwilling to write new resolutions. It’s pretty awesome to hear people’s New Year’s resolutions and a cursory look at what they’ve written down to achieve will marvel you.
The question is: does the mere writing down of your resolutions cause it to be achieved automatically? The answer is a big No. I am sorry to disappoint you. You did well by crossing the bridge by writing your resolutions down about what you to achieve but you need a set of plan to achieve what you intended to achieve for yourself- if not it may be a wasted effort; because you didn’t set yourself in readiness to realize your New Year resolution. You need more than a written resolutions. What you actually need is self-disciple. Because self-discipline is the catalyst to achieving any goal in life
Too many people only visit their resolution when the year has come to a close and they are preparing to write new ones. It’s funny the speed people take to formulate goals on paper only to leave them to gather dust at where they keep them.
1. SET RESOLUTION THAT IS REALISTIC FOR YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND TO ACCEPT
Every New Year there’s a long list of things people strive for whether as parents or single individuals: People want to save more money, exercise consistently, floss daily, eat more salads, spend time with friends & families, learn new skills, make family dinners a priority, visit friends, be more sociable, lose weight, quit smoking etc. But these lists will remain the same without any concerted action to achieve them. And when this happens resolutions becomes more or less annual rituals. Don’t fall into this trap.
Relying on your written goals that truly energize you is great but it leads you to nowhere until you believe consciously that you can make it a reality. Do you doubt your capacity to achieve your own resolution? If your conscious mind doesn’t accept that; what you plan to achieve will be possible, you will be chasing after the wind and nothing will get done.
Call it New Year’s resolutions with a side of euphoria that come with every New Year but you must get the ground running in order to bring them to pass. Focus on the things you’ve been thinking about since you were a young child: attaining a PHD and be called a doctor, have your wedding in a luxury beach, starting a grilled-cheese blog, or pursuing that law degree you didn’t finish the first time around. Anything is possible to them that believe in their dreams.
“Typically if you have a desire to make a change or commit to a goal, you’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” says Susie Moore, the author of What If It Does Work Out? How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life and creator of the Side Hustle Academy. “Your desire is often reflected in your past, reflected in your memory, reflected in what’s been filling your mind and heart up until this point.” Avoid attempting to give up coffee or working on your inner judgment if you don’t really want to, she says. Reflect on your ultimate vision for your life. Focus on what you want to achieve and don’t second-guess how it will come to pass
2. PERSONALIZE YOUR RESOLUTION
Another part of achieving your goals is knowing exactly what you want and why you want them. It helps to personalize your goals. Maybe you want to start a gig on the side. “You can say, ‘Because I want to feel creatively fulfilled and be happy. Because I have a lot to offer the world and my work doesn’t allow me to do so. Because I want to create financial security for me and my family. Because I’ve had this idea for a long time-Moore explains.
Your why can reflect your deepest life desire, a need to be more creative, or the hope for more security. When you understand your why, the answer will come along the line: It will bring you more joy. And when you realize that and you’re constantly reminded of what you actually want in life, it will keep you on your toes and draw the resources needed to achieve your resolutions in the shortest possible time.
Write the goals you want to achieve on a note book and carry it along. Read it allow and see yourself achieving them. Add visual image of what you want to achieve. If you want to buy a new car, get a photo of the car and add your personal picture(s). Tell yourself I am driving this car by the end of the year. Feel the architectural of the car, smell the inside and derive a sense of happiness in yourself while taking action to realize your dreams.
3. TAKE PRACTICAL ACTION EVERYDAY
To be successful, you have to do what successful people do, and successful people are highly action-oriented. Break your big goals down into small steps, anticipate obstacles and plan how to deal with them, visualize and affirm your success, and believe in yourself and your dreams. Now it’s time to take action. Enroll in that program, get the necessary training, call the travel agent to inquire about the package they have for people like you, start writing that book, start saving for the down payment on your mortgage, check the price of that dream car or house, join the health club, sign up for those piano lessons, or write that proposal to that company etc.
What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only Consequence is what we do-JOHN RUSKIN
The world doesn’t pay you for what you know; it pays you for what you do. There’s an enduring axiom of success that says, “The universe rewards action.” Yet as simple and as true as this principle is, it’s surprising how many people get bogged down in analyzing, planning, and organizing when what they really need to do is take action.-Jack Canfield, multi-millionaire and co-creator for Chicken Soup for the Soul
When you take action, you trigger all kinds of things that will inevitably carry you to success. You let those around you know that you are serious in your intention. People wake up and start paying attention to what they want. People with similar goals become aligned with you.
You begin to learn things from your experience that cannot be learned from listening to others or from reading books. You begin to get feedback about how to do it better, more efficiently, and more quickly. Things that once seemed confusing begin to become clear. Things that once appeared difficult begin to be easier. You begin to attract others who will support and encourage you. All manner of good things begin to flow in your direction once you begin to take action. So enough of the theoretical planning, it’s time to take practical action if your to achieve your New Year Resolution this year
Over the years I have seen people in our church make resolutions, however, one thing I have found was that the number one thing that seems to separate winners from losers more than anything else is that winners take action. They simply get up and do what has to be done. Once they have developed a plan, they start working on their plan immediately. Many people failed taking action on their resolutions.
But successful people get into motion. Even if they don’t start perfectly, they learn from their mistakes, make the necessary changes, and keep taking action, all the time building momentum, until they finally produce the result they set out to produce…or something even better than they conceived of when they started.
We may have trouble sticking to your New Year’s resolutions because of lack of action in yourselves. “We rarely follow through on anything coming from a negative kind of platform,” says Hailey Jordan Yatros, millennial life coach and author of The Millennial Makeover: Who Are We and Who Do We Want to Become? “It’s really important not to start a goal when you have in your head that you need to fix something about yourself first. Believe in yourself and take action
4. BE FLEXIBLE BUT SMART WITH YOUR RESOLUTION
Working with a timeline in mind is good—but you have to follow your own timeline to see the progress you are making on each goal you set for yourself. Moore indicates that you should keep a list of three to five written goals for yourself at once. According to her “If ever my goals change, if I hit a goal sooner than I hoped, or I might have a new goal, I will revisit my goals whenever I want,” she says.
Set goals that you can accomplish within a few months. “I don’t think about any goals that are longer than six months. A six-month goal is very relative and fresh. If you have a deadline for something, to quit your job or to go traveling, a six-month deadline will get you rolling.”
Once the goal is customized to meet your personal needs, be flexible to adjust yourself if that will help you to achieve your goals.
5. SET SHORT TERM RESOLUTION
Pursuing a big goals like quitting your official work to become a fashion blogger, for example, can all be possible by starting small. Don’t just quit your job immediately as many people do, which may work for some people. Slowly start dedicating more time to your passion besides your corporate work. It may help you to utilize any available time to your side business you want to pursue and passionate about.
One of the things I want to achieve this year is to quit my corporate work I have been doing for 20 years and devout time entirely for my blog. Go from full time to part time and fill that other time with the business goals that you have.
Instead of quitting all at once, try to start working along the line and you would get the foundation to stand building on when you finally quit your full time job. Slowly but surely, you’ll start to see that number change and it’ll be great to see the fruit of your labor This way, you’re committing to realistic steps instead of taking on a huge long-term goal. When that happens, it provides you a safety net, a chance to back out, in case you find out it’s not what you want.
Let me leave you with these quotes: My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny— Elaine Maxwell
Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor― Brian Tracy
So soon we’ve come to the end of the discussion about practical techniques to adopt in order to manifest your New Year Resolutions. It’s not magic but being realistic with your goals, being flexible when it becomes necessary to do so, believing in yourself, taking action and making your resolutions short term.