Assess Your Year: Checking in on Your Resolutions and Creating New Ones

resolutionsThroughout the year, we’ve had several check-ins. These were reminders and times to assess how you were doing with your resolutions for the new year. We even talked about how the end of August is not a bad time to create a resolution because you still have several months to accomplish that task. Today, though, it’s time to take stock of this past year and then look forward to the new one.

Assess This Year

If you set a resolution for this year, how did you do? Do you feel like you achieved what you wanted to? Now, here’s the important question:  Why?

Whether you feel like you achieved you goals or not, think about why you feel this way.

If you feel like you succeeded, think about what you did to get to this position. How often did you think about or actively work toward your goal? Was your goal specific or broad? Did you set a financial, personal, spiritual, or health resolution?

Now, for those who feel like they missed the mark on achieving their resolutions, think about what you did (or didn’t do) to get to this position. Were your resolutions set so specifically that any deviance would mean failure? Did procrastination get in your way? Was your resolution something that you weren’t truly committed to?

If you didn’t achieve your resolution, don’t fret. Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Assess where you were weak this year, and get ready for next year.

Plan for Next Year

Now that we have assessed how we did with our resolutions, noted our strengths and weaknesses, we’re going to put all of that behind us. It’s in the past. Whether you feel like you succeeded or missed the mark, congratulations! You tried, and just trying can often be the hardest part.

With a new year in front of us, we’re all in the same boat again. We are beginners. So, take the time to carefully think about what you want to do in the upcoming year.

Tips for Creating Resolutions

  1. Imagine yourself in the upcoming year. What is a part of that picture of the best possible you? What needs to happen for you to bring that picture to life?
  2. Try path setting. Frequently, our resolutions are goals. We make them SMART and do our best, but sometimes even achieving our goals doesn’t quite get us where we want to be. With path setting, you commit to making a change within yourself. Click on the link above to get more information about path setting.
  3. What is one thing you have always wanted to do? Now, plan for it.
  4. Is there something you really don’t like about yourself? Commit to making that internal change.
  5. Don’t judge your resolution. Sometimes, we look at a resolution and we judge it as not good enough. If your resolution is that you want to eat less chocolate this year or start working out regularly or be nicer to your brother, fine. That’s all perfectly acceptable. You don’t have to kick it up a notch and turn it into I’ll never eat chocolate or I’m going to move into the gym or I’m going to be so nice to my brother that he orders a psych eval.

I hope these tips help you create some meaningful, achievable resolutions for this upcoming year. See you in 2018!

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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.

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