How to Get Refocused on Your Resolutions
Did you start off the new year with a resolution? Many of us like to think of ways that our life could be different or better, so we create resolutions and step into the new year ready to own them. The thing is, it’s hard to keep up with a new plan and when life begins to get in the way, our resolve can take a backseat.
We are approaching the close of quarter one for 2018. Maybe we got side tracked, but that doesn’t mean our resolutions have to stay in the backseat. There is still plenty of time to make it happen. Change doesn’t come overnight, and improvement takes practice. Let’s find new ways to incorporate it into our everyday life.
Here are three ways to get yourself out of derailment and back on track.
One way towards quick derailment is having too many outside distractions on your plate. When we try to accomplish a bunch of different and unrelated goals at the same time, our mind can start to have trouble focusing, and it becomes harder to get things done.
When you start to say “no” to external requests that don’t fit in with your resolution, you will find that you have more time to dream, think, plan and work on actions to get you closer to where you need to be.
I’ve spent plenty of time working to make other’s dreams come true and I put my own goals on the back burner. I decided 2018 was going to be different, it’s going to be an opportunity to start making my own goals happen.
For months I envisioned creating a blog and an amazing online community of self-learners, well here it is! Once I let go of things that were clouding my focus and holding me back, I was able to get to this point and be here with you! Success!
Smaller Goals Mean Progress
When we are busy creating our awesome resolutions, we are so focused on the wonderful end goal and new life that awaits us, we forget to plan the journey. We are so busy dreaming and visualizing, sometimes the action items to get ourselves there get left out and we need to back peddle a little bit.
If this is an area that got left out of your plan, take a moment to reflect on what your goal is and develop some smaller goals to help you get closer over time. Think of this as your road map to achieving your goal.
When this blog was being developed, I broke down the big goal of launching a blog into smaller steps and prioritized that list. It made my head stop spinning a little bit and gave me a road map to follow.
Another common place where our resolutions fall between the cracks is in the accountability department. We haven’t created the proper system to take on our big goals. Without building check-ins into our routine, we can fall off track and aren’t in a hurry to get started again.
Some of my favorite ways to create accountability in my life are to be vocal about what I’m up to and create deadlines for myself to accomplish pieces of the goal.
Find someone that you feel comfortable telling your goal to and someone that you feel like you can talk to easily without fear of judgement. Let them know what you are trying to achieve and how. As time goes on, schedule coffee or lunch with them and update them on where you are at.
One of the most powerful things you can do is create achievable deadlines for yourself. Schedule these items on your calendar and create reminders leading up to the deadline.
There isn’t anything worse than creating amazing goals then leaving them on the shelf to collect dust!
Time to celebrate for finding a way to incorporate your goal into your everyday life!
Don’t let another precious 12 months pass you by with no progress towards your resolution. Change will take time and practice, so remember to give yourself permission to slow down and try again and again. With these three tips, you will be back on track in no time, with greater clarity on how to tackle your resolution.
What are your resolutions/goals? Share in the comments.
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Brandon and Cristal