If you’re like most people, you’ve made a few (or a bunch of) New Year’s resolutions.
But, as the year progresses, you find yourself recycling old habits you’ve sworn to let go of. You realize that sticking to your resolutions is much harder than you originally thought. Maybe you even forgot all about them once you stored the list at the back of your drawer.
Well, we’re here to remind you that there’s always time to get to where you want to be, so don’t lose hope. The best way to make sure that you have a kickass year is to commit to doing a reflection regularly.
Here, we outline 5 key parts of a successful reflection of your decisions that will actually yield results.
Which of my resolutions were a success, and which ones were a flop?
Start by identifying which resolutions you actually did and didn’t stick to. Even if you didn’t stick to any, that’s still valuable information. This tells you where to put more focus and effort, while also giving you a good reason for a pat on the back for your successes. It’s not a bad thing if you haven’t started them as it happens to all of us. What’s important is to acknowledge it and reevaluate our resolutions.
What were some of the challenges I faced?
When you know which resolutions you didn’t achieve, it’s time to inspect why. Maybe you don’t have enough time, money, or motivation to go through with them. You then have to decide if it’s time to drop a resolution or create a more supportive environment that enables you to get what you want more easily. If your environment is not supportive, you’re gonna have a hard time keeping up with your resolutions.
What can I change?
By now you probably realize that you’ll have to make some changes if you’re determined to reach your goals. Building upon our last point, do whatever it takes to make it easy for yourself to achieve your resolutions. If money was your biggest challenge, think about how you could earn or save more. If it was time, make an effort to do some rescheduling. And if you’re just not that motivated, but still committed to a resolution, try writing it down or simply reminding yourself of it daily.
Define a Conclusion
Conclude what your answers mean and how they’re making you feel. Are you proud of coming through, or nervous that your resolutions are still just that? Was this a month of achievement, or a month of some hard realizations? Finish off by looking on the bright side and constructing a viable plan for the next month.
Rinse and Repeat
Lastly, repeat the reflection as each month passes. This will help you remember your goals and feel more determined to nail them down. Plus, it will reveal to you some possibly hidden obstacles on your path towards becoming a better you.
Remember that it’s never too late to start sticking to your resolutions. The key is not to give up and to appreciate each step you take, no matter how small. Let gratitude fill your heart with optimism and lead the way.
“The past is hindsight, and the future is mindsight – vision and possibility.” – Philip Guy Rochford