New Year, New You: 5 Ways to get Back on Track with your Resolutions

Alright New Year Resolutioners, we are 21 days into 2016. How are your resolutions looking? Most people start the New Year with a mind full of ideas about how to take their life to the next level. However, in order to attain success, ideas must be backed with determination and action. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? 

The truth is, habits are easier to make than they are to break. For example, you can go a year without a cigarette, and then give in one time and BAM, the habit comes back. But, there are many steps you can take to make this the year you stick to your resolutions.

 

1. Write down your goals.

I know it sounds silly, but actually taking the time to write down your goals helps you accomplish them faster. When they’re written down, it’s like you’re signing a contract with yourself.

I’ve found that it’s easiest to start with a long term goal and work backwards. Breaking down big goals into smaller weekly and monthly goals makes them seem more attainable.

 

2. Buy a planner.

The easiest way to stay on track with your goal is to literally plan out your day, every day and stick to it. If you take the time to write out your day, you’re more likely to stick to it. Once it’s written down, you’re accountable for your actions. If you slack, someone knows (even if it’s only you).

 

3. Stop comparing yourself to others.

We look to successful people for motivation, to see where our potential can take us, but it can also cripple our success.

Unfortunately, social media has groomed us to see only that: successs. We have lost sight of the struggle, the American Dream. For some reason, all of the hard work is hidden while everything in the spotlight is glorified.

Every successful person has struggled, whether it has been publicized or not. Mistakes and failure produce success.

So, anyone who says otherwise is lying.

Always. Keep. Going.

 

4. Form a new parallel pattern.

Back to the cigarette example: instead of smoking, try exercising while stressed.

Indulging in old patterns leads nowhere.

Bad habits form more bad habits; good habits form more good habits.

If you eat healthy, you have more energy. You have the ability to get more accomplished in 8 hours than most people can do in 5.

It’s like a ripple effect.

 

5. Surround yourself with people who get it.

When people say, “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with,” they’re 100% right.

Your circle has everything to do with your success.

When you think about your group of friends, are they as purpose driven as you are? Do they have goals? Do they work towards them? If your answer is no, then they are not people you should be spending a majority of your time with.

There is a difference between someone who supports you and someone who gets you.

A “good,” friend will support you in all of your endeavors (as long as you stay stable and secure). A “best,” friend is someone who encourages you to follow your dreams. They believe in you and understand your vision.

 

There are 344 days left in the year. Do not give up on your goals. Maybe the first 3 weeks didn’t go as planned, but nothing is as easy as it seems. In fact, it’s really freakin’ hard. But, remember to back your words up with action and you’ll get there.

 

You’ve got this, Girl on Top of the World.

 

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