Every new year brings new resolutions. This is a refreshing time to turn over a new leaf and set some goals. However, many times we set New Year’s resolutions only to be disappointed in ourselves mid-February after our resolutions were forgotten sometime mid-January. Maybe you are making the commitment to go back to school, study more to improve grades or even devote more time to your health. No matter what you are working toward, these tips will help set you up for success.
1. Something you value
Your New Year’s resolution should not be something you think you should value because other people tell you to. The goals you set should be important to you — that’s all that really matters. Take time to examine your goals and where you would like to see yourself at the end of 2016. What is the resolution that will get you there? That’s what you should work toward.
2. Quality over quantity
When creating your goals, remain realistic and don’t spread yourself too thin. Being able to commit yourself fully to one or two quality goals will be more beneficial than a halfhearted attempt at five or six resolutions.
3. Make a plan
You will do yourself a huge disservice if you don’t take the time to plan out tangible ways to achieve your New Year’s resolution. With a plan in place, you will have something to stick to when your energy or willpower is draining. Already having the framework for success will allow you to remain committed when the going gets tough.
4. Small benchmark goals
Benchmarks are truly the key to success. Planning a frequent way to measure your success will make all the difference as your work toward a long-term goal. This will transform your New Year’s resolution into a lifestyle change for the better.
5. Take your time
Go ahead and tell yourself that making a change in your lifestyle and committing to your resolution is going to take some time. It will take time to plan, apply and continue actions in order to achieve your long-term goal. Don’t assume that you won’t have to rearrange your schedule, carve out time or possibly even sacrifice something that you decide should not be on your priority list.
6. Have an accountability partner
Find someone who will hold you accountable whenever it becomes a struggle to stay committed to your goal. This should be someone you talk with regularly. Talking about your resolution, not keeping it a secret and being honest about your progress will help you stay on track.
7. Write it down
Write down your resolution and put it somewhere you can see everyday. Don’t let this be a haunting reminder, but instead an inspiring encouragement to never give up and keep pushing yourself!
8. Do something everyday
Big or small, do something every single day that is a step toward your goal. Whether it is spending five minutes reflecting on how it’s going, thirty minutes of planning or two hours of hard work, it will be easier to stick with something that you make a part of your daily routine.
9. Don’t give up
Don’t scrap your resolution because of one bad day or even a week of no activity. Instead learn from your mistakes. What made you stop? What can you do better next time? What can you do in the next 24 hours to help get back on track?
10. Celebrate little victories
This will help you focus on the good, keep your spirits high and stay motivated. By celebrating the fact that you have met your smaller benchmark goals, you will see your successes as much greater than your failures and be encouraged to overcome the next obstacle – because you know you can do it!
At South College, we believe our students are capable of anything they set their mind to. If your New Year’s resolution is advancing your career by earning a degree, we would love to walk with you every step of the way! Contact us today.