Everyone loves an opportunity to “start over” and the New Year is the perfect time to do so. But sometimes when February hits, we’re back to where we started. So take a deep breath and relax (Tip #5) because here are some ways to help keep your resolutions, and tips to make this the best year of your life.
Be Good to Yourself.
Tip #1 for a great new year is to start out with a positive attitude. Although it’s easy to be hard on yourself for the things you didn’t accomplish last year, thinking in this negative way will just make it that much harder to get stuff done in the New Year. Say affirmations, and make sure to compliment yourself on all the things that make you special.
Pen to Paper.
It’s one thing to say you are going to learn a new language. It’s another thing to actually put it down on paper. Get a journal and write down exactly what you want to accomplish this year. The act of writing forces you to make your goals real and visible. Keep your journal by your bedside and review it before you go to bed and each morning before you get up. Revisiting your goals will keep them at the forefront of your mind and make them easier to accomplish.
Share Goals with Friends.
The third tip for a great new year is to be accountable for your goals and resolutions. Invite your close friends over for an intimate dinner. Use the time to talk with them about what you want to accomplish over the year. Telling your goals to other people will hold you accountable and make it much harder to back out.
Take The High Road.
The past is the past for a reason. Start the year off by forgiving someone in your life. Most likely he or she means more to you than the argument ever did, so start fresh and go out of the way to be the bigger person.
|I'm not a fan of the word resolutions, but I love goals. My main goal this year is to be true to myself. To grow up and stop letting others opinions direct my life.|
|No more drunk dialing (or texting or emailing) for me in 2008! Also I'm going to stop trying to force a relationship to happen because nothing good comes from it.|
|Here's the method I'm using: I wrote down my goals for the year with a bold Sharpie pen on a white piece of paper, and it's taped to my bedroom wall, so every time I wake up, I'm reminded of what goals to keep everyday.|
|I love that addy! I hate the word "resolutions," but I never really thought about it. "Goals" is much better, I agree. Resolutions almost has a negative connotation.|