2015 is my year to...by Amelia Barnes, Life Coach

Happy New Year!

Whether last year was the best year or the worst year of your life or something in between, 2015 can be even better. This is my wish for you that 2015 be the best year of your life so far!

The Journal of Clinical Psychology estimates that 38% of people never make New Year’s Resolutions and that only 8% of people successfully keep their New Year’s Resolutions. So what can you do to better your odds? Try these seven tips below.

New Year’s Resolutions can be a very good thing but only if they meet certain criteria. So what makes for a successful New Year’s Resolution?

Your ReFits you and excites you!

Don’t make a resolution because someone else expects you to or to please another person. This is your life. What is important to you? This may be your year to become physically fit and it may not be. You may be focused instead or a career or a relationship or dealing with your kids or you parents. Be realistic about what you want and what fits your right now at this point in your life. Make your resolution something you look forward to – something that excites you something big but not big enough to overwhelm you and keep you stuck – not a should that depletes your energy just thinking about it.  Don’t be afraid to Dream Big.

Focus – not trying to do too much at once

First things first! What’s most important right now in you life? We fail when our attention becomes divided and we try to do too many things at once. How many plates can you keep spinning in the air? Recommendation to not have more New Year’s Resolutions than you can keep plates spinning in the air at one time. A great alternative is to have sequential resolutions. Focus on one for 90 days, reevaluate and then see what you want to focus on for the next 90 days.

Support

As for support. Often we try to reinvent the wheel, to do things by ourselves when just asking for a little help could make all the difference. Ask a buddy to be accountability partner. A Life Coach could be exactly what you need to help move you forward and get from here to where you most want to go in 2015.

Action Steps

Having a New Year’s Resolution isn’t any good unless you make it actionable. Brainstorm. One of my favorite brainstorming tips is mind mapping. On a big piece of paper write a word or picture that represents your resolution. Write as many things as you can think of to make your resolution work. Some may be silly, some to hard, some just right. Then decide on one action step you can take in the next 24 hours.

Commitment

We are always great at doing things when we are interested. When we are committed we follow through whether or not we happen to be particularly interested at that point in time. The most mentioned goal is some time of health related goal, whether is it is to be in better physical shape or to lose weight. My goal is to do some physical activity 30 minutes or more at least five times per week. I already know there will be days when I don’t want to do it, but I am committed. Only time will tell if this time next year, I find myself in better shape, more energized and in better shape.

Bouncing back

Guaranteed you will have an off day or even an off week when you lose your momentum and you decide that your resolution is just a lost cause. That once again, you’ve failed and that this year, now 2015 will be just like any other year. The good news is that at any point in time, you can pick yourself up. Let go of all that negative self talk. Appreciate yourself for your willingness to get back on track and go for it!

Make It Fun

Bottom line. Do I enjoy and look forward to following through on my New Year’s Resolution? New Year’s Day at 11am, I’ll be walking with my walking buddies. I look forward to this time with friends. If you’re ready for a new or improved relationship, make sure you first enjoy are someone that you want to hang around with.

Add laughter and joy as the secret ingredient to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions. So consider making a few well thought out New Year’s Resolutions that will make 2015 your best year yet!

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