5 Tips To Spring Clean Your New Year's Resolution
We all know how New Year's Resolutions work. We really work at our resolutions for the month of January, and then we get lazy. Why do we spend so much time and energy on our New Year's Resolution when we KNOW we're going to get too tired, bored, or busy to meet our end of the deal? It's now the first week of spring. When you think of spring time, you think of restoration. The flowers bloom, the birds come back from their migration, and the warm weather comes back... many of us also do a major yearly Spring Cleaning. So why not try to re-energize your yearly goals? We won't call it a New Year's Resolution anymore. Think of it more as a spring cleaning of your goals. Here are five tips to help you "spring clean" your New Year's Resolution
1.) Re-evaluate why you made your resolution
Did you make a goal just to have a goal? Did you pick a cliché resolution? Is there a personal meaning for the goal you made? You're more likely to reach a resolution if you're personally growing from your goal. Pick something that has true meaning and is a REAL change to your life. My last few New Year's’ Resolutions (that I stuck to) were perseverance, being brave, and just doing what I think is right. They don’t have to be big, but in fact, they’ll be huge.
2.) Reflect on why you didn't stick to your resolution
Did you spread yourself too thin? Are you too busy? Or are you just being lazy? Again, picking something like “lose weight” is a very specific goal. If you make a goal to “better yourself” you’ll be better off. At least at the end of the year if you feel like a better person, you will have accomplished your goal.
3.) Change your resolution if you feel it necessary
Make your goal broader or more personal than the cliché you (most likely) picked. We always have something we want. We want to be thin, rich, beautiful, successful. It’s not all going to happen… especially in one year. If your goal is too much, it can be discouraging. Don’t give up on the entire life goal, but it’s possible to break it down a bit. If you reach the goal in the year, set the next one.
4.) Make a plan for your new "yearlong" goal
Set tinier goals to reach your ultimate goal. It'll help. If you’re a procrastinator like me, these tiny goals are like deadlines. Reach the deadlines, and you’ll feel a lot more confident about reaching your goal.
5.) Stick to your new goal!
Make a point to check your goal every week/month/whatever you seem fit. Keep a calendar, make a bullet journal, create a checklist, give yourself a gold star. Do whatever makes you want to keep reaching for your goals.
Rebranding your "New Year's Resolution" may be the kick you need to take your yearly goal seriously. We make goals all the time, and follow through with them. Take these tips through this season, next season, and into 2018.I know it feels extremely far away, but it'll come quicker than you think.