So, here we are at our first page of a 365-pages long book we'll get to author this year! Wishing you a fantastic, successful and fun-filled year, from me and mine to you and yours. Firstly, I want to thank each and every one of you for showing so much love and support to ShreyaSilverLining. I am grateful to you for making it grow!
New beginnings have this one special thing about them- we are bound to feel some level of excitement when we see new chances coming our ways. And it is in our hands to not just hope for a great year but also create one. Let the successes and failures of 2020 be your guiding lights as you move forward towards conquering those dreams. So, let’s dive straight into our task number Uno that we have got to do today- New Year’s Resolutions...and by this, I mean the ones we are seriously serious about.
So, why is setting our resolutions a great way to jumpstart a new year? Why is it that most of us make ‘resolutions’ which end up being forgotten about? How to make a list of resolutions that not only covers materialistic goals but also self-growth and self-love? But as I always say, be open to anything and everything that is not on your list but seems deserving of your efforts. Because those are what I term as the ‘gifts 2021 has for you’.
Making a New Year's resolution is a great idea, as you are taking time to evaluate yourself and your life over the past year and discovering what you would like to change during the next year. The important part about making a resolution is to keep it simple and achievable. And remember the mantra of one day at a time. Make sure through these goals you are growing everyday.
While a lot of people who make New Year's resolutions generally find them hard to keep, research shows that making resolutions can be useful. People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't make any. New Year’s Resolutions are simply a rough sketch you can gift yourself about the journey ahead. Now, let’s look what an ideal list of resolutions looks like. By ideal, I mean which covers most of the factors that shape oneself in every way.
The list typically consists of:
1) Goal/goals you want to hit at your work end.
2) A weakness that you wish to send away with 2020.
3) A positive activity or thought you wish to strengthen.
4) Something new you want to try!
5) Learning a new skill.
6) Exploration and travelling more. (this was hard-hit by 2020, hoping for the best)
7) More volunteering and giving back.
8) Spending more time with family and friends.
9) Moving more, sitting less. (sweat out, guys!)
10) Enhancing your organizational skills.
11) Being happy always, in all ways.
12) Recognizing and using opportunities. (grab those gifts!)
13) Carrying forward what makes you unique and strong.
14) Become more aware about the happenings around the globe.
15) Most importantly, sticking to the resolutions.
Note that this is just an overview of how someone can change their lifestyle for the good. Your list will contain details that are especially valuable to you. Hold on to them, those are your superpowers.
Now, let me help you in the best of my potential in making your perfect list.
The following are the steps for one goal. Apply these to all of yours.
First, write out your resolution here. Make it as specific as you can (i.e., “lose ten kilos by May 31” instead of “get in shape this year”). Just writing down your goal makes it more likely you will achieve it. Congratulations!
Write down the payoff for achieving this that appeals to your values and emotions. For example, if you want to get a proper diet, your compelling reason might be “I want to live a healthier life.” This is to be used when you feel like giving up. Recalling why you started is a great way to keep yourself going.
How will you remind yourself of this reason?
What are the actions you need to take to realize your goal? Attach deadlines if appropriate.
Who do you have to be to achieve this goal? What kind of a person? (Eg. Punctual, honest, disciplined, organized, wake up early, etc.)
How will you create accountability for realizing your goal? (Check all that apply.)
I will check in with a friend
I will create a chart / schedule (please note where & how often you will use it).
I will create a reminder on my calendar / computer.
Go ahead, and make sure you take out time to map your way through 2021!
I hope that you use these techniques to create rewarding work and personal life this year. Feel free to let me know what are your goals :)
I am attaching below some of the helpful printables that you may want to use.
Cheers to a blissful new year!