With the year coming to an end, a lot of us are reflecting on how the past year went and planning our new year’s resolutions or not. Some people don’t like making new year’s resolutions, don’t enjoy planning things for the new year, and that’s totally okay.
But then you have others who like sitting at the beginning of the new year and make a list of the things they would like to accomplish in the coming year, and that is also great. I am one of these people.
I love thinking about the past year and looking back at the end of a year at what I had planned for that year to see if I accomplished it and, if I didn’t, why that didn’t work out.
For example, one of my new year’s resolutions at the beginning of 2020 was to publish my first book, and despite all that seemed to go wrong, I still managed to do that. You can check it out here.
Let’s have a look at what a new year’s resolution is before we continue.
What are new year’s resolutions?
New year’s resolutions are promises you make to yourself for the coming year. These can be anything from your personal life to your social life or career. It’s a goal you want to accomplish to improve your life.
You write them down in a notebook, on your phone, or in a journal. Whatever works for you. At the end of the blog, I also have a free year goal planner for you.
Planning some goals, making new year’s resolutions work motivating for me. What I love about new year’s resolutions is that they are something personal. It’s a promise you make with yourself, without judgment from people.
Now let’s get to it, 8 tips to help you with your new year’s resolutions.
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1 Get to know yourself
Before you can set any new year’s resolutions, you must first be clear on what you want in life. Get to know yourself to find out where you want your life to go and what you want to improve in your life.
You can start by asking yourself certain questions, like these 53 questions. You can also take a personality test that can help you to understand yourself better.
2 Make new year’s resolutions for you and not for others
As I mentioned earlier, new year’s resolutions are a promise to yourself. It’s not something you do for other people; it’s something you do to improve yourself. By this, I don’t mean that one of your resolutions can’t be to help more people, for example.
But don’t make that resolution because you think people expect that from you; you won’t be doing it from the heart. Be honest with yourself.
3 Make realistic resolutions
Try not to be too hard on yourself. Think about it if something is realistic before you expect it from yourself. You won’t always know from the start if something is achievable or not, but you can learn from experience.
I had some resolutions for the year 2020 that I couldn’t accomplish, so I reflected on why that was. That way, I can use that knowledge to make more realistic resolutions for this new year.
4 Create a vision board
A great way to stay on track with your goals is to visualize them. A vision board can help you by reminding you regularly of what you want to accomplish. It’s a visualization exercise you do that helps you to reach your goal.
You can easily create a vision board by using canva. I like placing my vision board somewhere I can see it daily. Mine is placed as my laptop screensaver. You can do that too, or set it as your phone screensaver or on a wall in your room. Whatever works for you.
5 Create short term goals to reach your long term goals
Short term goals can help you to break up your long term goals. This makes your goals more doable, and it can help you to track the progress. Short term goals can also help you realize if your deadlines are still achievable or if you need to change something in your plan.
6 Don’t share your goals and resolutions with everyone
Not everyone is in your corner, and not everyone wants the best for you. Sometimes when you tell your goals to others, they might react very negatively, which can demotivate you. But I think it also really helps when you have one or two people you can trust to share your goals and new year’s resolutions with.
People that will motivate you and help you stay on track, find out who these people are for you.
7 Don’t be too hard on yourself
It’s important to know that you are still human, and sometimes not every plan works out. If some new year’s resolutions don’t work out, don’t be too hard on yourself. Try to learn from it, find out why they didn’t work out, and move on.
Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t accomplish everything, instead focus on what you did accomplish and try to see how you can achieve the rest the next time.
8 Celebrate your wins
Make sure you celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Give yourself a pat on the back when you reached a goal, no matter how big or small. Focusing on your wins can motivate you to push further.
So when you’re reflecting on why you maybe didn’t accomplish a particular goal, don’t forget to celebrate the ones you did achieve.
And that’s a wrap. These are my 8 tips to help you with your new year’s resolution. I hope these can help you to make some great new year’s resolutions.
I also have a free printable goal planner for you. It has two pages, one to plan your goals for each month and one to plan your short-term goals and space to reflect and make notes. You can make the short-term goals per day, per week, or bi-weekly. Whatever works best for you.
If one of your resolutions is to shift your life towards a life you love and a more purpose-driven life, go ahead and check out this free 4-day email course to help you take the first steps!
I wish you a fantastic new year filled with hope, laughter, blessings, health, and love.
If you have any great tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments.