You probably don't remember some of the New Year's resolutions you made last year, or you may be disappointed that you were unable to fulfill them all. Making resolutions doesn't have to be a pointless exercise. You can accomplish your goals if you're diligent, realistic and know what it takes to succeed. Here's how:
Step 1: Set Realistic Goals
New Year's resolutions are goals, and like any goals, they need to be realistic in order to be achievable. Examples of unrealistic goals might be to save up to buy a home with 100 percent cash down in one year or to lose 100 pounds before the end of the year if you've struggled with losing weight all your life. Setting realistic goals doesn't mean that you have to stop dreaming. It just means that dreaming big is not often a good fit for making resolutions.
Step 2: Write a Plan for Your Resolutions
Many experts advise that you should write down your resolutions so that you're always mindful of them. That technique may work for some, but simply writing down your goals is not enough. You need to come up with a plan for to fulfill your New Year's resolutions. It's not necessary to write out an elaborate plan, but bullet points are helpful. Write down the goal, and then underneath, list three to four steps you plan to take to accomplish it. Check the steps off as you complete them.
Step 3: Share Your Plan
One the reasons why many people don't do anything about their resolutions is because they keep them to themselves. You inherently know that once you share them with others, you'll be held accountable. The person you share your goals with will ask, "How's it going?" You'll have to give a response, and it can be embarrassing to report that you haven't done anything. It will motivate you to have a good report when you're asked.
Step 4: Fund Your Resolutions
Fulfilling your New Year's resolutions may require you to invest money in yourself. For example, if your goal is to launch a service, then you have to allocate money for your new idea. If you want to spend more time with extended family, then you need to set aside money to pay for travel expenses if you live in a different state. Create a budget that includes your resolution so that you have a clear plan for how to pay for it. If you can't afford to fund it, then it might be a clue that you're setting an unrealistic goal for the year.
Step 5: Get Help from Others
Solicit help from your spouse, children, family members, friends and anyone whom you trust that has the skills to help you fulfill your resolutions. You may just need help from a cheerleader to help motivate you when you feel overwhelmed or tired of working on your goals. That person could be another work at home mom who you've built a relationship with online.
Don't give up on New Year's resolutions because making them hasn't worked out in the past. Use these steps to try one more time and give it all you've got.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.