New Year's Resolutions: Stick to Your Guns

I can't believe that it's almost 2015. It seems that this year has flown by. The past year has been hectic and full of life-changes that I wasn't always ready for and several of which I never saw coming, but it has worked out in a way that I am very grateful for. So as I look to the new year, I've made a few resolutions that I want to see come to fruition. Here's how I plan to achieve them.

  1. Write Your Resolutions Down
    I'm a huge supporter of writing down absolutely everything. So of course I'm writing down my resolutions. Place your written resolutions somewhere that you will see them everyday. It doesn't matter if it's in a planner, taped to your bathroom mirror, or set as your phone's background image. Just make sure you see it every single day.
     

  2. Make a Plan
    You can't just make a resolution and never think about how you're going to accomplish it. You need to put together a plan, and make sure it has steps that you can manage. If you want to run a marathon then you don't just wake up one day and run a full 26 miles. You have to prepare and train for it, and you do that by breaking your goal up into steps.
     
  3. Talk About It
    One of the best ways to keep yourself accountable is to talk to other people about your goals. Don't be secretive about your resolution(s). Tell a trusted friend or family member what you want to accomplish and ask them to help you stay focused. This gives you someone to turn to if you find yourself off course or unmotivated. No one accomplishes something without a little help along the way.
     
  4. Do Some Research
    Before you can start working towards your resolution, you need to do a little research. If you want to lose weight then you need to research exercise programs, gyms, and how to eat healthy. If you want to learn how to make pottery then you have to research where you can practice, what you need, and how pottery is done. No matter what your resolution, you need to do some searching for tips and tricks that can help you achieve your goal.
     
  5. Be Committed
    You can't meet your resolution if you're not committed to working towards it every single day. If you don't think you can stay focused, then you don't need to make a New Year's resolution. And that's okay. You don't have to change anything about yourself or your life if you don't want to. If you do make a resolution though, make sure you're going to actually commit. 

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