Feb 11 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Set your New Year’s Resolutions.

Published by at 9:30 pm under Uncategorized

If you are like many people, you start the New Year with a list of ‘resolutions’ and the energy to make it all happen. Then about March you lose focus, find yourself distracted by life’s little emergencies, and forget about the ideal year you envisioned.

This year, with your journal by your side, you have a better chance for success. Research continues to show that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. A journal helps you clarify what you want and motivates you to take action.  Then, as new opportunities try to pull you off course, your written goals provide a filter for distractions, reminding you of what matters most.

A journal is the perfect tool to help you take charge of your New Year’s resolutions and goals.  With it you can:

  • brainstorm new  directions
  • vision the future
  • record your goals and action plans
  • track your progress
  • celebrate your success and accomplishments
  • refine and adjust your vision for the best year ever.

Here’s how!

Visualize and Prioritize”

When it comes to setting goals, having a clear vision of what you want is essential.  Try a five-minute timed writing sprint using one of these prompts:

  • What is my vision for the coming year?
  • The year I want to accomplish. . .
  • Something I’ve always wanted to do is . . .

From the Heart:

Too often people set goals based on external expectations. We think we ‘should’ do something and try to convince ourselves it’s what we really want. If your heart’s not in it, your energy will wane and your resolution end up on the junk pile. Check your writing for words like ‘should’ or ‘could’ or ‘would’. If you truly desire to accomplish something you must claim it with your language, use words like ‘want’, and ‘will’. “I want to quit smoking” is much more effective than “I should quit smoking.” “I will quit smoking by March 1st” is even more effective. When you write your resolutions down you have an opportunity to review and revise your intention with purposeful language.

Try these prompts:

  • I want to (name your goal) because . . .
  • What is important for me about achieving this goal?

Listen for “who says so” in your answers. If it’s not your voice, then you are probably trying to please someone other than yourself.

Be Specific!

To be effective in achieving your goals and resolutions you must be specific. Check your vision against the following guideline: is it SMART (a Specific, Measurable Achievement that is Realistic and Timely)? Without specific details it’s possible to miss your mark. For example, the goal “I want to lose weight this year” is not specific. If you lose an ounce, is that enough to satisfy your goal? If you want to lose fifteen pounds, you will not feel satisfied in your achievement if you have only lost an ounce. SMART goals include details like how much, how long, and by when. Use your journal to brainstorm specific details for every resolution to aid you in recognizing when you have truly reached your goal.

Try these prompts:

  • The details of  my vision include. . .
  • My specific goals for the year are . . .
  • What is (are) my real goal(s)?
  • I will know I have achieved my goal when I . . .
  • I can measure my success by . . .

Don’t forget to set some intermediate milestones. How will you recognize one-quarter, half-way, almost there?

Now Act on it!

Having resolutions is awesome. Acting on your intention is even better. Again, use your journal to brainstorm activities and action steps that will help you achieve your goals.  Make plans to celebrate now – you’re sure to be a winner this year when you Write Your Way to Success!

Coming soon: 

Using your journal to  find support and track your progress.

 

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