2014 is just a couple of days away which means that, for many of us, it is time to lay out our New Year's resolutions. During the holidays, most of us over-consumed, under-exercised, over-spent, under-slept, over-stressed, etc. The new year gives us an opportunity for a fresh beginning, a chance to start from scratch and "resolve" to live better. Unfortunately, studies suggest that only 8% of us are able to succeed in the resolutions we make. So, what are we doing wrong? Is it just wishful thinking to assume we can change overnight simply by making a decision to do so? At Funspired, we like to be optimistic. We know you can succeed, and we want to give you the tools you need to make the right resolutions and achieve your goals in the new year. Here's the Funspired scoop:
Make a List: Write or type out a list of goals. They can be anything, big or small, short-term or long-term. Don't limit yourself; just lay it all out there. This will help you gain perspective on your life and your wishes for your future. The next step is to narrow it down...
Choose One: Every item on your list is probably a great goal, but in order to succeed, you need to pick one as your resolution for 2014. Think about your priorities and choose something you really want. But when we say one, we mean ONE. We don't mean three and we don't mean three mushed into one, either. The key to success is keeping it simple!
Be Realistic: Make your resolution attainable. Don't choose something too daunting. Instead, make it something you know you can do, something small that will take you one step closer to your bigger, long-term goals.
Make it Tangible: This is really important! Get specific so that you can measure your success. If you goal is broad, determine the small steps needed to reach your goal and choose one of these as your resolution. For example, if you'd like to eat better, start by thinking about how you'd like to do that (maybe you want to eat more vegetables or less sugar). Then, set a goal that can be measured (eat 3 servings of vegetables per day or cut out the sugar in your coffee).
Tell Someone: Don't keep your resolution a secret. Tell at least one person about your intentions, and the more, the merrier. You might even ask someone to help you achieve your goals. You'll be more likely to stick to your plan when you have some sort of accountability. You can even use social media in this regard - post your resolutions on Facebook or Twitter and keep followers updated on your progress.
Be Positive: Believe you can succeed. You'll be amazed how much this helps!
Leave Room for Error: Don't give up if you mess up. Life happens, we're humans, and we're not perfect. If you fall, get up. Slipping is part of the process. Learn from your mistakes and move on!
*Unplug - set aside a certain amount of time daily that will be free of all electronic devices
*Run a Race - choose a distance that is right for you, maybe a 5K or a marathon or even a mud run
*Produce Less Waste - limit use of disposable plastic and paper products to a certain quantity or to certain circumstances
*Write a Journal - choose a frequency that is right for you, maybe once a day or maybe once a month
*Save Money - choose an amount that is right for you and put a portion aside each week or each month
*Volunteer - choose a time frame that is right for you, maybe 1 hour a month or 4 hours a week
*Take Photos - resolve to take a picture at least once a day or maybe once a week
*Give Up Something - choose something you don't need and be done with it, maybe clean out your closet, or skip your daily Starbucks, stop smoking, stop gossiping
*Breath - designate a certain time or location for deep breathing, maybe at the stop light or right before bed
*Listen - make a mindful effort to listen to others, and reflect daily on your progress
*Try Something New - choose a time frame, maybe weekly, monthly or just one thing for the year, then take a class, try a new food, visit a new place
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Cheers to a healthy and prosperous 2014. Happy New Year!
Your fun friends,
Susan and Farrar