This time in one month from now, it will be 2014. We will have recovered from our new year’s eve party, and will be ready to start working on our resolutions for the year ahead.
But…how often do you actually follow-through? Do you ever make it past January until you are back where you were at the end of the last year?
Have you ever wondered why we usually fail at keeping our new year’s resolutions?
There’s a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
That is why you need to start making your resolutions with Powerful Intention.
The difference comes from recognition of another fundamental truth- intention means nothing unless it is accompanied by action.
With that in mind, I’d like to share with you four ways to ensure that your New Year’s Resolutions in 2014 last the distance:
- What is your Big Why?
Really go deep inside and think about why you want to achieve your goals. What is your big motivating factor that will drive you, intrinsically, so you are setting yourself up to follow through, and not fail. You might like to think about what difference there will be in your life when you achieve your goal.
- Write it down
There is a reason why people talk about their New Years Resolution – articulating it provides clarity and accountability.
However, you will get better accountability by writing down your goals and keeping them in a prominent place to provide you with on-going encouragement and motivation.It can be extra powerful when you also share your goals in a public forum, as this makes you even more likely to want to succeed and you will have others to cheer you along too.
I am also a huge fan of vision boards. Set aside some time between now and the start of the new year to collect images of what your dream life will look like when you have accomplished your goal. Paste these onto some cardboard, or collate them on a Pinterest board, and keep it somewhere you can look at regularly as reminders of what you are working to achieve.
- Be in alignment
Sometimes we don’t achieve our goals because they are in conflict with other things in our life. This is known as cognitive dissonance. If our resolution is not in alignment with our values, then we subconsciously sabotage our efforts which sets us up for failure.
For instance, if you value spending your evenings at home with the family, then you are less likely to spend those evenings at the gym. So if your goal is fitness, then you may need to look at other ways to achieve those goals. This is known in psychological terms as congruence, which simply means your actions agree with your values which in turn agree with your thought life.
- Get Started!
Break down each resolution into steps and give yourself time frames to accomplish each step, and ask yourself the following questions:
- Why does having that…creating that…accomplishing that, matter so much to me? Why bother?
- Are my goals aligned with my values?
- What are 3-5 habits could I incorporate into my life now that would support my Powerful Intention becoming a reality?
- Who am I willing to BE to create this?
- What am I willing to DO to create this?
I’m going to share a lot more tips for being successful in your new year’s resolutions on December 10th in the free tele-call I am hosting.In the call I will show you:
- Why so many people don’t stick to their New Year Resolutions and how you can avoid this happening to you
- How you can set yourself up for success – finally!
- How to totally transform your health and wellness by improving these 5 critical aspects: weight, cravings, energy & mental clarity, mood and stress
I encourage you to register and be a part of the call so you can really turbocharge your 2014.
I will also be sharing more about my upcoming Life Transformation group coaching program that will be starting on January 7th. I am super excited about this program, which will be a great way to stay focussed and accountable to your health goals in a really fun way. I will be revealing all in the tele-call on the 10th.
- I’d love to know what tips and tricks you have for following through on goals you set for yourself. Leave a comment below!