resolution; plural noun: resolutions
1. a firm decision to do or not to do something. "she kept her resolution not to see Anne anymore"
synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan, commitment, pledge, promise.
"her resolution not to smoke"
more synonyms: determination, purpose, purposefulness, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, firmness of purpose.
steadfastness, staunchness, perseverance, persistence, indefatigability, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power, dedication, commitment.
2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
"the peaceful resolution of all disputes"
It's that time of year when people start to contemplate what their New Year's Resolutions are going to be as a new year lies just ahead. Out with the old, in with the new. Replace a bad habit with a good habit. It's about being a better version of yourself in 2014 than you were in 2013! It can be an empowering time of year! It's a fresh start, a clean slate, new beginnings! We can be motivated by others around us making the same decisions, so why not get the ball rolling? An object in motion tends to stay in motion. So why not get moving and set in motion some personal goals for yourself? It's time to turn your dreams into reality!
Is it your health you would like to improve? Find or create that new job you have been dreaming of? Learn to speak a second language? Take a cooking course? Learn to do Yoga? What if you dive into those financial matters once and for all and set up that savings or retirement plan? Maybe take a personal development course to increase self-esteem or work on self-limiting beliefs? Wouldn't the new year be a perfect time to work with that Life Coach you have been wanting to work with, but have been putting off? It's all about taking action on your intentions. To make a plan, to get things in motion. No matter how you define it, it all boils down to a few simple steps:
1. DECIDE what your resolutions are. This is the time to dream! Make a list of your top 3 goals. What is it you have once only hoped to achieve? Don't overwhelm yourself with too much at once, keep it simple. You can always add more later. Write down your WHY for each goal! It is crucial to focus on what value reaching this goal will bring to you. You will want to revisit your WHY often to keep yourself motivated.
2. COMMIT to those decisions. Do or do not, there is no try. Once you decide what your resolutions are, you must commit to them. If you are not committed, you don't really want it. Being committed means not breaking a promise to yourself. Write down a pledge to yourself or publically claim what it is you are committed to achieve or obtain. Remaining committed is the
difference between dreaming about your goal and actually reaching your goal.
3. MAKE A PLAN that includes 2 things: A) Tracking your progress and B) Consistent daily action steps. Tracking your progress gives a clear and concise record of what you are doing and if, when and where adjustments are needed. You
have to measure what you are doing in order to know what still needs to be done. One way is by making a timeline and working your way backwards. This helps to see all the steps that are needed to reach your goals. Be as detailed as
possible. Leave room for improvements or adjustments as needed. Mind mapping is another tool some people use. But consistency is KEY to reaching any goal. Be sure your plan includes some sort of action you need to take consistently, in
order to keep your goal in focus at all times.
4. COMMIT to the plan. This means taking daily, twice a day, hourly (if needed) ACTION steps towards your goals. Action steps will vary depending on what it is you resolve to do. Use an accountability partner, journal, use a checklist, use affirmations or vision boards or any other "tools" that will help you remain committed. Figure out what inspires you to take action. Listen to motivational speakers who have already achieved what it is you wish to achieve. (Success leaves clues!) If you happen to fall off the wagon, just re-commit. Go back to step 1 and start over if necessary. Re-evaluate what worked and where you went off course. Adjust and get back on track.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a peaceful resolution with yourself? These crucial steps are what is necessary to once and for all RESOLVE what it is you say you want to resolve. Bea doer, not just a dreamer. A goal without a plan is called a daydream! Make 2014 the year of being a goal achiever!
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Happy New Year from all of us at Awaken Your Spirit ~ You, Only Better!