Have You Ever Made A Resolution That You've Actually Kept?

This question hit me hard. Have I ever kept a resolution? I searched my brain for resolutions I've made in the past: quit smoking, quit biting my nails, start exercising more, eat healthier. While these are all things I've made progress on, I never seem to make changes to my life that stick. I've a sneaking suspicion I'm not alone in this either. So why do we tend to give up on our resolutions?

Make Goals, Not Resolutions 
Goals are so much more achievable than resolutions. For more, New Year's Resolutions tend to be wishy washy and vague. With quitting smoking and biting my nails, it's hard to say when I've actually achieved this, because as you will know if you've read this blog before, I always, always end up going back to these habits. As for "exercise more, eat healthier?" It's just so vague, what on earth do I even mean by this?! 

Your Goals Must Have An Obvious End Point
The problem with the resolutions I have described above is there is no easy way to say and set it in stone that I have actually achieved them. Good goals are completely the opposite. When setting goals, you must set something that you can without a doubt say "yes I have done this" or "no I have not." It's also good to give yourself a timeframe in which you must complete said goal to motivate you as you work towards it. 

For 2015, it is very important to me that I set challenges for myself that I can actually achieve and tick off a list so I can see how much I have progressed. This year things like build my Arbonne business, get healthy, get fit, look good, make my blog amazing just weren't going to cut it for me. While it's good to have a clear idea of what you want your life to look like, it's essential to have a real, actionable plan on how you are going to get there. 

Here are some examples that better explain what I am trying to say: 

What I Want: To eat healthier food
Proper, Relevant Goals: 

  • Get my five a day, everyday (this is good because I can start right away and I can quite easily say "yes, I've done this.")

What I Want: To get fit
Proper, Relevant Goals: 

  • Exercise a minimum of 300 minutes a week (this is good because it is quantifiable, and I can further break it down if I wish: this works out at just over 40 minutes a day)
  • Complete Couch to 5K (this is a programme I can follow with a definite end point, therefore, an actual goal!)

What I Want: To read more
Proper Relevant Goals:

  • Read 24 books in 2015 (another quantifiable goal I can break down - this is just two books a month and I can easily keep track of how successful I am being throughout the year)

What I Want: To be happy with my appearance   
Proper Relevant Goals:

  • Get my fringe trimmed every four weeks, get my ends done every eight weeks (what started out as a very vague dream turns into a very real possibility with this goal! To turn something so silly into something I could actually action, I tried to get as specific as possible - my main gripe with my appearance is my hair because I let it get out of control and I'd be 100% happier if I actually did get my hair done this regularly!)

These are just some example of things I want to achieve this year, but also a demonstration of how you can turn your dreams (your resolutions!) into goals and a genuine, actionable plan, making your resolutions actually happen and stick as well.

This is the first year I've ever seriously laid out an action plan detailing exactly how I am going to get everything I want over the next twelve months and I already know this is going to be the year I really succeed. 

Of course, once you've made your plan, it's important to remember to actually take the actionable steps you've laid out. If I don't succeed this year, it will ONLY be because I haven't done the tasks I've set myself - it will not be down to poor planning!

What do your New Year plans look like?