NEW YEAR’ S RESOLUTION ACTION PLAN
New Year is the perfect time to begin a new journal. This year, instead of making resolutions you don’t stick with, journal your resolutions and plans and see the difference this will make!
The most important thing to open your new year planning is your to-be list, not your to-do list. This is all about how you want to feel this year, who and what you are going to honour, nurture, pay close attention to and enjoy in order to be joyful, happy and aligned to the best of who you are. Before you write any resolutions, spend time in your journal reflecting on the bigger picture.
Happy is the new successful.
Wellbeing is key to success.
What will help increase your happiness this year? Those who are more successful are engaged with passion, and enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Therefore they have less resistance and the planned activities do not clash with their values or sense of purpose.
Taking the time to dream big and plan your goals in your mind is an essential stage in starting anything. The way in which you express it to yourself and write it down, however, is critical to your eventual success. Your goals need to be exciting, fun and as motivating as possible. You need to write your goals from the vantage point of having already achieved the outcome.
For a new year’s resolution, you need a goal that is attainable within one year or less, and so this could be a subset of a larger goal, for example that you will save a certain sum towards the house that you are not going to be able to afford this year but within the next three years. You will always need a mix of longer-term and short-term goals, with a blend of projects at different levels of difficulty. The goals you choose need to be specific, so that it’s really clear what you need to do in order to achieve them.
Many of us think up some fantastic goals and ideas but we forget them. So ‘ink it once you have thought it’. By recording your goal or idea, exploring it, and then going back to review it, you make a more definite commitment to it. It’s good to spend time with new ideas, turn them over in your mind, scribble and sketch about them and make them yours. This is exactly the way in which amazing new ideas are invented or created. Thomas Edison’s journals are an example — they are full of all kinds of ideas, and one of them became the light bulb.
When you are creating — or reviewing — your effective new year’s action
plan, use the ‘SMART’ acronym. SMART is short for goals that are Specific, Meaningful, Agreed upon (i.e. you are fully committed), Realistic and that exist within a Timeframe. SMART goals are easy to understand, and you know when they have been accomplished.