With each new year comes new resolutions – a list of wishes that we declare to achieve. With the completion of the previous year, and the anticipation of the new year, the motivation and optimism is high. But here’s the catch: days go by, and the mundaneness of life returns, the novelty of the new year wears off and well, things just get in the way.
If you’ve ever managed to stick to and achieve your resolutions, then good on you! But for the majority of us, the wish list remains just that. A list of wishful thinking. And by the end of the year, we make new ones, or attempt to attain the same ones again!
That’s why I say: don’t make wishes, make an action plan.
An action plan will be a list of goals, that you want to accomplish, with a full step by step plan on how to achieve each one. An action plan is far more proactive, effective and makes the chances of you attaining a goal far more realistic. Read on to find out how to make your own action plan..
- Make a mental list of every goal you intend to achieve.
2. Write it all down on paper but don’t just bullet point each goal. Go further by estimating a realistic amount of days/weeks/months that it will take to achieve them. Include steps that you will take to get there. Place this list where you will come across it daily, whether that’s in your diary/journal, or whether it means sticking it on your bedroom wall, or leaving it on your dressing table. This causes it to be a daily reminder, therefore a daily refresher of your intention.
3. You will have days where your motivation and willpower will hit a low. That’s predictable because it’s normal. Lets be honest, life gets in the way, in so many ways. On days like this, look at the list, and re-evaluate what your goals are. Think about each one of them, and ask yourself three things:
- Why do you want to achieve them?
- Why are they important to you?
- How will they benefit and change you?
Think of all the pros and the positive aspects to each goal. Imagine achieving one and focus on how you would feel at that moment.
4. Prepare to have to tweak and change your list. It may turn out that you might not want some of the goals anymore, it may even mean that you have new ones to add to the list.
5. Tick each goal off as you achieve them and treat yourself. If you achieve it, then you deserve it. So do something fun that makes you happy! This not only concludes each goal on a positive note, but it gives you a push to achieve the next one.
Now it may sound like I’m only including physical or materialistic goals, but that’s not the case at all. It doesn’t have to be buying a house or reaching your ideal weight. It can be leaving old habits, practicing mindfulness, learning to deal with stress better, judging yourself less or improving your confidence. The list is endless but the bottom line is, no goal is too big or small. It’s personal, it’s intimate, and it’s what you think will empower aswel as improve you.
So ditch the resolutions and make your New Years action plan!