By – Kayode Ipadeola
Have you ever notice how challenging it is to follow through to your resolution?
In just a blink and poof its gone. We braved frigid temps and shudder – Xmas day. Up next? And on top of all this quickness and occurrences we still have to face 2017 (Finger crossed).
In preparation for 2017:
You’re once again feeling motivated to do better, work more, drink less or make any number of positive lifestyle changes you’ve been telling yourself you want to make. You’ve tried this year – probably declaring another attempt as a new Year resolution – but without achieving much success.
It’s natural, making a lifestyle change is demanding and challenging, especially when you want to transform many things at once.
Make a plan that will stick – Your plan is like a map that will guide you on your journey to change. You can even assume it as an adventure. When making your plan, make sure you’re specific. Write each behavior with detailed time to know the duration and expiration of a particular planned task.
After you’ve written everything down, ask yourself if you are confident that these activities and goals are realistic. Your goals should be realistic. It’s really easy – just start off with smaller steps and post your plans where you’ll most often see it as a reminder.
Start small – After you’ve identified the realistic short-term and long-term goals, breakdown your goals into manageable steps that are specifically defined and can be measured. Is your long-term goal to make 500,000 naira in six months? A good monthly goal would be to save almost 85,000 naira.
You have to replace your excessive spending with mindful savings. At the end of the month you’ll feel successful knowing you met your goal.
Change one behavior at a time – Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time, so replacing this unhealthy and unethical behavior with healthy and ethical ones requires time.
The problem we often face is that we try to change too much too fast. To improve your success, focus on one goal at a time. This new healthy behaviors become a habit, then try to add another goal that works towards the overall change you’re striving for.
Involve someone – Whether it be your spouse, colleague or friend, ( just make sure it’s human), someone else on thesame journey with you will keep you motivated and accountable – in that you want to show that specific person how well your journey is going at the end of each accomplishment, this idea helps you more focused and determined- add commitment. By this, you can share your struggles and success. This obviously reliefs you of stress and thinking thereby making your work easier and the mission less intimidating.
Making the changes that you want takes time and commitment, but you can do it. Just remember that no one is perfect. You will have occasional lapses. Be kind to yourself. Don’t give up. Minor missteps on the road to your goals are normal and okay. Resolve to recover and get back on track.
Start writing your plans now, don’t wait till its December 31. Start now as you desire to achieve. And now, think of your goal not as resolution but evolution.