Congratulations! You made it to the end of the year! Now you can have a well earnt break, right? Or are you feeling too bad about this year to enjoy the holiday time?
That’s okay, feeling bad on New Year’s Eve is not uncommon. The end of the year can be a mixed bag of relief, disappointment, and a fresh hope for a better year next year. On New Year’s Eve, you'll make the same old resolutions for a better year and the cycle will be repeated. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are ways to make habits stick.
The stress and disappointment that haunt us at the end of the year usually stem from feeling bad about from our unaccomplished goals. None of us want to make resolutions only to give up on them a few weeks later. However, it keeps happening. Here is how you can follow through your resolutions:
The first things you are going to need, besides your goals, is a solid plan .You must be committed to achieving your goal by planning for success instead of just relying on motivation and self-discipline. A plan that helps us do the right thing is essential. After planning, you must take action. The fuel for getting your desired results is action. Without action, the inertia of our old habits keeps us stagnant.
Here is an exercise that can help you build up your goal commitment muscles. It might take a few hours, but a few hours for a significantly better future is not that bad. Here we go.
Dedicate some time for this during this break to get really clear on what you want. Write it down and place it on somewhere you’ll see every day. You can make a vision board with images that capture your attention. I find having a physical one instead of keeping it online is better.
Do something to make your goal a reality. Let’s say it is to get in control of your finances. The first step is to look at your accounts and see where your money has been going and then make a budget. Make sure to congratulate yourself after taking action.
The trick to setting yourself up for a good day every day (for the whole year)
You don’t need to relegate goal setting for the end of the year. Every morning, you set an intention for that day. Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll achieve your day’s big goal, why not take a moment and set yourself up for success?
Setting an 'intention to succeed' exercise is used by professional athletes, speakers, politicians, and performers.
1. Upon waking, lie in the bed and think about what you planned for the day (or find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate)
2. Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualise yourself accomplishing your tasks and goals for the day efficiently and effectively.
3. Replay your success several times in your mind,
4. Next add in the other senses, including sounds, smells and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also hear your clients congratulating you on the completed project, or you feel the physical sensation of your finger hitting the send button on your latest assignment.
5. Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. feel your elation getting the part, or your pride when you finish your work.
This can be an essential part of your morning routine before you start your day officially.
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