Why I’m Starting My Resolutions in November

Did you know that by the end of January, more than 75% of people have completely given up on their resolutions? And only 8% of people who made a resolution actually achieve them?

With odds like that, it doesn’t really motivate or inspire you to live your best year yet, does it?

Fear not, my dear friend, for I have ways for you to “hack” your resolutions to make them more achievable.

First of all, Start planning your resolutions now. Yes, I said planning.

By planning now, you can ensure you have all that you need to improve success and avoid down-falls. You also give yourself a kind of trial run so that by the time January comes, you will know where you need to improve and what you need to do in order to avoid the temptation of falling back into old habits and self-sabotage.

Brainstorm, write a list or journal out how you want the new year to look for you and what you wish to experience.

If you want to feel more confident in your body, experience more happiness, more money, more {Insert here}, write it all down.

Once you have your wish list for the new year, pick the thing that you really, really, really want. If you’re torn between two things, ask yourself “If I could only have one of these things, what one would I pick?”

Obviously, you can make more than one resolution, but the fewer resolutions you have, the more you can focus specifically.

Once you know what you want more of, ask yourself “what brings me this feeling?”

For example, If you want to be happier, what brings you happiness? Is it travel? Self-care? Time with your children? Motorbikes? giving back to others? Live Jazz? How often will you schedule in time to feel this happiness?

If you want more money, how will you get more money? Will you ask for a raise? Create a side hustle? Spend less? Rearrange your debts to a 0% interest lender? Call in any debts that are owed to you?

Now that you have a resolution, let’s look at that word.

The Oxford English dictionary defines the word resolution as:
A firm decision to do or not do something”

You know what that means, right? That “resolution” doesn’t mean to “give it a go until it’s difficult and then give up”.

Once you decide to do it, it doesn’t matter how many times you fall down or slip up, you must get back up, hold your head high and course-correct your route and tactics.
With this in mind, it might be more motivating to you to think of it as your “new years goal

Secondly, read my blog 7 easy steps to help you set goals destined for success. This is will really help to clarify your goal and get the the heart of it and rather than setting a vague resolution like “I want to be happier”, You can set a goal like “I am going to do two things every week, for at least an hour that are purely for my pleasure. One of them will be that pottery class on Tuesdays that the local adult college has advertised and the other will change on a weekly basis depending on what I feel I need at the time”
Can you see how the two statements have a very different feel to them?

Don’t be surprised if your new resolution brings unexpected benefits to other areas of your life. For example, if you are sorting out your finances, you tend to feel less stressed and therefore more energized and happier.

Lastly, prepare.

What do you need to gain, get or dispose of in order to really supercharge your success rate?

If you want to eat healthier, you may wish to get rid of all the junk food in the house, make a shopping list of healthy food snacks and research healthy, but delicious food recipes.

If you want to Learn a new language, you may wish to phone a local tutor or community college about lessons, purchase a beginners guide online, talk to someone you know who has already done it and schedule in time every week to practice the basics online before your lessons start.

You get the idea.

Stop saying you’ll start later.
“Tomorrow never comes” as they say, so start before you’re ‘ready.’

Write down, right now, exactly what you want the new year to bring you and what you want to experience more of.

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