Did you make a New Year’s Resolution or two or choose One Word to focus your life? If so, it’s been 2 weeks and a day since the turn of the year and I was curious how you’re doing so far.
Here are a few things that help us keep our resolve, thanks to Karen and her wonderful program this week about this topic:
1. Make them actionable. It’s great to have a big goal and then break it down into the “how to” parts to make it actually work.
2. Set up reminders in your calendar so that you practice the things that are important to you.
3. Find supportive friends and hang out with them and share stories related to your goals.
4. Read about the topics you are interested in and become knowledgable.
5. Immerse yourself. Make sure you’re choosing to change for you and not for someone else. Dive in.
6. Write down your thoughts and resolutions. Seeing them in writing makes them real and more sticky.
7. Spend money to achieve your goal. It feels like you’re paying for your success when you put money out.
8. Does your resolution make you happy? Do the work it takes if it does.
9. What steps do you need to take to meet your goal? Are you setting up an action plan that is doable?
10. What’s your path to success?
11. Focus on the process and not just the end goal. Start over again and again even if you mess up.
12. Know how to handle pitfalls and distractions. Have an action plan for recovery.
13. Be gentle with yourself.
14. Be specific.
16. Want it.
17. Commit to it.
18. Take action.
20. If you fall, get back on track.
21. Enjoy the journey.
My resolutions were to stop swearing and to accept people as they are without judgment. I’ve cleaned my potty mouth probably by 50% or more and it feels really good. When I slip up, it feels really weird and I don’t like it. It makes me want to start over and try again, so that’s working for me.
As for the accepting people where they are at, this is awesome. I’ve changed the way I react to changes and unexpected surprises and this is so liberating. I love this feeling and it makes me happy so I will continue practicing this.
And finally for my one word, togetherness, I’m loving this choice. I’ve written it down on our kitchen chalkboard and I think about it every time I walk by.