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How to Conquer Your New Year’s Resolution

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The beginning of the year is a great time for everyone to reflect on their accomplishments over the past year.

It’s a time to really look at what truly matters in life – our family, our friends, our health.

It’s also a time to decide how we want to improve ourselves over the course of the new year – maybe by spending more time making memories with our loved ones, maybe by rekindling lost friendships or maybe by improving our overall health.  We all have ways in which we can improve ourselves, but where do we even begin?

The best way to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution, is to break it down into attainable goals.  If you break it down into attainable goals, then it’s much easier to accomplish because you don’t feel so overwhelmed.

We all know that if we feel overwhelmed by something, then we’re much more likely to give up and call it quits, rather than to proceed.  So when determining your New Year’s Resolution, before you begin tackling it, break it down into attainable goals, so you’re more likely to accomplish the overall goal one step at a time, instead of setting yourself up for failure.

So how do you break your New Year’s Resolution down into attainable goals? Break it down into twelve mini goals. I say twelve because over the course of the year, if you do one thing each month that gets you closer to accomplishing your New Year’s Resolution, then you’ll have a better chance at accomplishing your overall goal.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to spend more time making memories with your loved ones, then you could start by jotting down twelve things you’d like to do this year to make memories with your family. If you have little kids like me, here are some things you could do for fun:

  • Visit a Zoo
  • Visit an Aquarium
  • Visit a Children’s Museum
  • Visit a Fruit Farm
  • Visit a Farm
  • Spend a Weekend at an Indoor Water Park
  • Go to an Amusement Park
  • Go to a Baseball Game
  • Spend a Weekend on the Lake
  • Go to the Movies
  • Go to Walt Disney World
  • Go to the Beach
  • Go Fishing
  • Go Putt Putting
  • Go to the Fair

There are so many ways to make memories with your family. Many times you can do so without having to spend any money at all, just precious time with your loved ones. What ways are you planning on making memories with your loved ones this year?

If your New Year’s Resolution is to rekindle lost friendships, you could start by jotting down twelve ways you and your friends could catch up. Then contact your friends and see if they would be willing to meet you once a month or once every other month for a get together. Here are some things you could do to catch up:

  • Go Out to Dinner
  • Go Out to Lunch
  • Go Shopping
  • Have a Spa Day
  • Go Wine Tasting
  • Go to a Movie
  • Go on a Mini Vacation
  • Go to a Craft Show
  • Attend Cooking Classes
  • Volunteer at a Local Food Bank
  • Make Crafts
  • Go to Festivals
  • Go to a Concert

It’s very important for Moms to have these relationships; a girlfriend to talk to when none else understands. So make sure you work at keeping these friendships because you never know when you both might really need each other.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to improve your overall health, you could start by jotting down twelve ways you’d like to improve your overall health. Then instead of tackling the list all at once, you can focus on the first way you want to improve your overall health in January, then continue to add another way each month thereafter. Some ways you might want to improve your overall health might be to:

  • Eat More Fruits
  • Eat More Vegetables
  • Drink More Water
  • Get More Sleep At Night
  • Exercise
  • Take a Multivitamin
  • Drink Less Pop
  • Eat Less Junk Food
  • Laugh More
  • Rid Your Life of Stress

There are numerous other ways you can improve your overall health, but this is just a list to get you started. I know I’m going to tackle this list because I know if I do, then I’ll feel much better and I’ll have more energy.

So if you have a New Year’s Resolution, but you’re not quite sure where to start, try breaking your goal down into twelve mini goals. That way you’re much more likely to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution because you’ve broken the overall goal down into attainable goals.

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2 thoughts on “How to Conquer Your New Year’s Resolution

  1. Yep! New Year’s Resolutions can be so overwhelming. We get all inspired but then we get discouraged trying to live up to all these expectations we set for ourselves. I teach my online entrepreneur clients the same thing… set the big goal but get really, really specific with the action steps. If it’s something you couldn’t check off on a to-do list, it’s not bite-sized enough.

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