It’s no secret that some of the world’s most successful people are opposed to New Year’s resolutions. They seem pretty harmless, so what’s the problem?
Well, behind those seemingly simple resolutions, there’s a whole lot of psychological work that goes into why we continue to choose the same resolutions year after year. And it also explains why we’re still no closer to achieving them than we were the year before.
The mind is a powerful thing. When we make a resolution, it’s not necessarily for something we want, it’s more likely that it’s something we think we should want. There’s a huge difference!
If at the bottom of your heart you truly believe that you need to start making healthier lifestyle choices to be a good example to your family, you’re going to do it! But if you only want to hit the gym because a magazine tells you to, those workout sessions will probably end a few weeks into the new year (if they even start at all!).
Before you know it, you’ll blink, and we’ll be talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas again. If you want to create change in your home, now is the time! It’s never too late to establish tangible goals that align with your life, mindset, and wellbeing.
Ditch the resolutions and dive deep into tangible goal setting!
Goals won’t work unless you do! That’s why it is vital to set specific goals that motivate you. If you’re hosting a huge event at your home this year, that’s the perfect reason to start getting the house in order today.
We’ve all been caught scrambling to clean and declutter before guests arrive, but that doesn’t have to be how it goes this time around! Create systems that help you stay ready, so you never have to get ready.
No matter what you have going on in your life this year, create joy from the little moments, and let them lead to excitement for a change!
How many times have you written down goals only to leave them crumbled at the bottom of your desk drawer? It’s time to brush off the embarrassment and put those goals in plain sight for all to see!
Write your goals down, print them out, hang them on the fridge, tape them above your desk, paste them into your agenda—whatever style you choose, just make sure they’re visible!
Talk about your goals to your friends and loved ones, and let them into your world. Talking about your goals is wonderful because you have other people to help hold you accountable! Change is tough. But it becomes easier when your circle enables you to be the best you can be.
Usually, people don’t hit their goals because they’re unrealistic! Sure, it’s great to dream. But in the short-term, realistic goals won’t make you feel like you’re climbing an uphill battle.
It’s probably unrealistic to think that you’ll be able to shave off $50,000 in credit card debt over a four-month span. And what happens when you start to see that goal dwindle? You’ll go, ‘what’s the use in even trying?’
You want to avoid feeling like this at all costs! Sit down and consider your goals. With your busy life, is it realistic to think you can make it to the gym six days a week?
You have a family, work, and school, will you really get the entire house in order over the weekend? Probably not, and that’s ok! Only you know the ins and outs of your busy schedule, so set your goals without pressure, stress, or shame.
Words matter—and the language you use while creating your goals could make all the difference in whether or not you accomplish them. Write down goals that are confident! Don’t talk about what you might do, write them down as if you’ve already done it.
For example, instead of saying, ‘I will clean my house every morning before work,’ try, ‘I clean my house every morning before work.’ Do you see the power shift in that language? Try implementing this confidence into all the goals you create!
A goal without a deadline is just a wish! Hold yourself accountable by making realistic deadlines for your goals. This will allow you to check yourself to see if you’re on track! The entire family can monitor their goals to see how far they’ve come.
I hope this is a year where you accomplish all the goals that you genuinely care about. And if not, I hope you have the tools to step back and adjust accordingly!
Annie Kilbride is the CEO of Life Simplified, LLC a professional organizing business. Visit www.lifesimplifiedpo.com for more information.