Once you feel motivated and have determined the resolution you really want, how do you proceed? Several things to keep in mind include:
Specific-It is important to be specific, not vague. Consider all the details involved. Think about time specifics (e.g., how much/how many/what times/days).
Realistic-You don’t want to set yourself up for failure, so ask yourself is your resolution actually doable. Do you have the necessary resources to meet this? (e.g., you want to save $50,000 this year, but only make $40,000)
Achievable-Think through the details, breaking it down. Perhaps consider having both short- and long-term resolutions. For example, you want to lose 100 lbs. by the end of 2021. It may be helpful to set monthly goals of 10 lbs., giving you motivation to continue toward the year end resolution goal.
Measurable-Set amounts/targets that will allow you to see progress (or not) toward your desired goals. You can use positive/negative reinforcement to increase motivation!
Example: I am going to walk 1 mile on Monday/Wednesday/Friday weekly, and keep a log of completed walks. If I walk less than 3 miles per week, I will take away 1 hour of social media time per week. (Negative reinforcement)
Example: I am going to save $15 per week by taking my own coffee to the office, rather than purchasing coffee. When I have saved $45, I will allow myself to buy a coffee out. (Positive reinforcement)
Finally, you may find your resolution is not something you want to continue pursuing. That’s ok! Perhaps you can make adjustments to your plan, or just choose something else if you like!
Here’s to a happy, healthy 2021!