Tips for New Year’s Resolutions

In the spirit of New Year’s Eve coming up, we want to talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Here are a few things to consider before getting out your New Year’s Resolutions notebook.

First, every day is an opportunity to start over, do better, work towards your goals, create the life you want, change your path, leave the past behind, etc. These opportunities are not just for the new year.

Second, if you want to make new year’s resolutions, be realistic. Goals need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely). We are more likely to feel a sense of accomplishment by setting and achieving goals that are difficult but not impossible for us. Set yourself up for success. Break down lofty long-term goals into manageable steps.

Third, reflection can be a powerful tool. Looking back at the last year of your life can help you determine where to go next.

  • What went well this year? What was the best thing that happened? What are you thankful for?
  • What was difficult or didn’t go well? What challenges did I have to overcome?
  • What important lesson(s) did I learn this year? How am I different than the person I was on January 1st?
  • What new skills did I learn? How did I use my strengths in the last year?
  • Who/what had the biggest impact on you this year?
  • What did I leave unfinished? How did I work towards my long-term goals and what still needs to be done?
  • What energized you? What drained you?

Starting with where you’re at (and not judging wherever that might be) helps us identify realistic next steps to take.

Whether you make formal New Year’s Resolutions, set general intentions, or glance over your long-term goals for life, or just celebrate surviving 2020, we wish you a wonderful and Happy New Year!