As the first month of the year winds to a close, so approaches a temporal landmark in which to reflect on the changes that 2016 has ushered in thus far. Near the beginning of the month, we introduced the #BRIKAmonthlymantra “Revolve around the things that evolve you” to convey the ideas of personal growth, change and progress, a natural thematic fit with the turn of the year. Which brings us to the question: how have your New Year’s resolutions held up thus far? If you’ve already abandoned your quest to develop a skill, read more, or accomplish whatever feat you’ve tasked yourself with on your quest to becoming a happier, healthier or more fully-realized person, you’re not alone. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions are actually successful in doing so. So what are the keys to long-term success? Read on for some tips, and for a case why resolution making isn’t just reserved for New Year’s.
Set specific goals for yourself.
“Be healthy” and “learn a language” are both great goals, but it’s hard to set tangible guideposts by which to measure your success if your objective is broadly defined to begin with. If being healthy means eating better or working out more, define what this means to you so you can take the necessary steps towards actually achieving them — whether that means cutting down on desserts on weekdays or going to the gym three times a week.
Set realistic goals for yourself.
It also helps to ensure your goals are realistic. If you want to be speaking French with the fluency of a Parisian by February, you’re basically setting yourself up for failure. A goal like that can seem so psychologically daunting that it will be hard to take even the initial baby steps towards accomplishing it.
Record your small successes.
Keep some kind of log to chart your journey towards your resolution. For some, a to-do list is enough, but keeping a personal diary or creating a vision board serve as palpable proof of your success, or a reminder of what you’re striving toward. Another tactic that’s becoming more popular in the Facebook age is to share your goals with your friends and family to create accountability.
Your evolution towards personal growth is one that never stops — set resolutions for yourself at any time of the year.
Although the transition from one year to the next may be a temporal landmark that’s universally celebrated, it doesn’t have to be the only one by which to set resolutions. Resolutions can be renewed or fine-tuned at any time. Even a Monday — a fresh start to a new week — can function as a benchmark by which to begin measuring your next success.
Need some tools to help you stay on track in your quest to becoming a more evolved person? Design the Life You Love is an inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always wanted. The Writer’s Block journal has over 300 pages of blank spaces to chart your hopes and dreams. The Instant Happy Journal is packed with 365 “happiness prompters” (quotes, facts and questions) so you can stay motivated every day of the year.
In the featured picture: Heather Lins Home’s 2016 The Year In Stitches Calendar Kit