The start of a new year is a great opportunity to take stock of where you’re at in life – to put behind you the things that you’re wanting to move on from or change, and to set yourself some goals and objectives for the year ahead.
Making resolutions for the new year is relatively easy – it’s sticking to them that tends to be the difficult bit.
One way of getting some traction with your New Year’s resolutions is to make them specific, measurable, and achievable. Try not to set too many – don’t give yourself too many things to focus on.
A useful approach is to set a resolution for each of the key areas of your life.
Sometimes, it’s only when we become unwell that we realise how fundamental good health is to everything. Do a quick stock-take – where are you at in terms of your physical and mental well-being? Choose one thing that you would like to focus on in the year ahead. What actions can you take to make the changes that you’re looking for? How will you know if you’re on track to achieving your goals?
For example, you may decide that you want to focus on becoming lean and strong. The actions could include joining the gym, or increasing your work-outs, or changing your workouts, or changing your diet. How will you measure your progress? You could take photos at regular intervals, or could measure specific parts of your body, you could track the increasing weights that you’re able to lift.
Take stock – where are you currently at, and what would you like to change? Are you in a relationship that you’re wanting to improve? Are you dating and want to take things to the next level? Are you single and wanting to meet new people? Are you single but wanting to have more sex?
The goals that you set for yourself will determine the actions that are appropriate for you. It could be signing up to an online dating platform, it could be seeking relationship counselling, it could be taking up some new hobbies to meet different people. Are you making progress? Set yourself a diary reminder to revisit how you’re feeling about your relationships. Have the changes you’ve made had a positive impact, or do you need to try something else?
How are things with your family? Do you want to see them more often? Do you want to be closer to them? Do you need some distance from them? What are some changes that you could make to help you work towards your goals.
If you want to build better relationships with your family, that generally means spending more time with them. What’s the next big family occasion when you’re all going to get together? Could you invite your family to come and stay so they have a better understanding of you and your life. Should you introduce your friends to your family? Set yourself an objective and work out what you can do in order to work towards that.
Are you in a job that you’re enjoying? Is this job taking you in the career direction that you’re wanting to head? What changes would you like to make?
Once you know the direction that you’re wanting to go in terms of your career, what changes could you make to help you to get there? Should you be pushing for a promotion? Should you be applying for different jobs? You may decide that you don’t need to make any changes at all – it’s okay to decide that the job you’re in is exactly where you need to be at this point in your life.
Being in a sound financial position can be an important bedrock to help you achieve the aspirations and goals that you’re setting for yourself. Is your job giving you enough income to pay the bills and put some savings away? Are you saving for anything specific? Are your savings on track to achieve the goals that you’re setting for yourself?
If you’re planning a big vacation in the summer, set yourself a savings target and keep track of how you’re progressing towards that. What changes do you need to make in order to ensure that you’ll hit your savings target? Stay focused, adjust your actions to help stay on track to achieve your resolutions.