Hello City Luxers,
Today I am stepping away from fashion for a minute to talk about New Years Resolutions. Every year most of us without fail, make resolutions to improve different areas of our lives. The harsh truth is that most of us (myself included) are guilty of making resolutions and breaking them shortly after. For a few years I even declared myself resolution-free because I felt that it was too much pressure and that I was much more successful creating goals for myself whenever I felt I needed vs. the start of a new year. That being said, since I started my business I have realized the benefit of creating goals at the start of the new year and the significance of starting fresh. So today I thought I would share some of the things I have done to make sticking to my resolutions a lot easier (and more effective).
- Get Organized: It's not enough to say "I want to lose weight" or "I want to find a new job". The pressures and responsibilities that we have on a day-to-day basis are inevitably going to come in and distract us. I have found that being super specific about the HOW and WHEN make the resolution a lot more achievable. Start by breaking your resolution down into bite-sized chunks so that you have a short term, mid-term and long-term year end goals to support it. This makes the resolution seem much more achievable.
- Invest In Your Resolution: This is a big one for me. In my experience, we usually have to put something on the line in order to force ourselves to change. For some people this may be investing money for a gym membership or springing for a higher level of membership on LinkedIn if you are trying to find a new job. I find that if I invest money or time into something, I am more likely to do it so I don't "waste" it. Even if you don't have a lot of money, try to find creative ways to invest in your resolution. For example, if you are trying to start a business and can't afford a coach, go out and buy a really fancy notebook to start writing your ideas down in. You're much more likely to do it if you invest in it.
- Partner Up: Sometimes it's easier having someone else to help hold you accountable. I recommend finding a friend or family member and agreeing to share you resolutions with each other. It always helps having someone else to buddy up with for motivation and to help keep you on track. Mid-way through the year you can meet up and review how far you've gotten to see if you need to course correct or make any changes.
So there you have it! Three simple ways to help you keep your New Years Resolutions! The biggest thing is to not get discouraged. Setting goals and achieving them does not have to be reserved for January 1st. If you find yourself slipping or changing your mind halfway through the year, you can always find a way to get back on track. To help get you get started, I have linked some goal sheets (free!) and day planners that I use to help stay on track. Here's to making 2016 the best one yet!