Are You Keeping Your Resolutions?

resolutions with stickie pads and scrabble lettersIt’s that time; time to check in on our resolutions. How has your year gone so far? Are you keeping your resolutions? Somehow, we are two-thirds of the way through the year. With two down and one to go, it’s time to start getting serious.

For procrastinators, this means that it’s time to think about getting started. Any good procrastinator will say that there’s still plenty of time for accomplishment. After all, we still have all of September, October, November, and December to work. That’s an entire college semester!

As a procrastinator myself, here are three quick tips to help you keep your resolutions.

1.  What were your resolutions?

Think about the resolutions you set at the end of last year or beginning of this year. Do you remember them? Perhaps you wrote them in a notebook or figured you’d store them in your steel trap of a brain.

The latter is my situation, and apparently, my steel trap had a hole. After a very busy two-thirds of the year, I don’t remember my resolutions anymore.

This doesn’t have to be an obstacle to your success.

Whether you remember your resolutions, forgot them, or even if you didn’t set any, take a moment to think about what you want to accomplish in the next four months. Setting resolutions is a great way to self-motivate, and it has been listed as a quality in successful people. Successful people set goals and work to reach them.

So, take a moment and think about your resolutions. Make sure they are Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, and Time based. (In the corporate world, these are called S.M.A.R.T. goals.) Being very specific about what you want to achieve will help you achieve it.

2.  What can you do today?

Step 1 is often the hardest part of accomplishment. So, since we’ve set or recommitted to our resolutions, we’re going to go ahead and do step 1 today while we still have motivation.

What needs to happen in order for you to keep your resolutions? Remember, you don’t have to do everything today, but you must do something.

Successful people are not successful by accident. They plan, organize, and follow through to complete the task at hand. Promise yourself that you will do something everyday to get you closer to success.

3.  What will you do tomorrow?

Plan for your success. Think about what you will do today, tomorrow, and the days and weeks after that. Try to set small goals to help you stay on track with keeping your resolutions.

Now, the tough part–stick to it. Make a deal with yourself that you will do something everyday to work toward successfully completing your resolution. By deciding to do something everyday, you will prevent yourself from sliding back into procrastination mode.

Do something to bring you one step closer toward achieving your resolution everyday, and I’ll check in with you at the end of the year to see how you did.

More Information

At the beginning of the year, I did a series on setting resolutions. Here are links to the articles in that series:

What are some resolutions you set this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sarah Stockett is STOTT certified in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations, and CORE; a Yoga Alliance RYT-200; and has studied Active Isolated Stretching. When she is not trying to discover the best exercises to get rid of pain, she likes watching movies and travelling with her family.

2 comments

  1. One thing I try to do when I am trying to change a behavior, especially when it comes to diet and exercise is instead of telling myself, “This will be the last time I [whatever it is]. I try to tell myself and practice the last time I ate, drank, did [whatever it is] was the last time. I also like using SMART goals.

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