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How to achieve your resolutions

Have you listed your resolution? What things did you write?

“I want to lose weight.” “I want to be able to save.” “I want a better life.” “I want to be able to pay off my debts.”

But are these also the same resolutions that you wrote last year that you did not achieve? If yes, what do you think should you do in order to finally be able to achieve them this year?

To come up with a resolution means more than just writing it. Resolutions are meant to be accompanied by 101 percent commitment.

If you’re just going to write them down, and you don’t have any armamentarium with you, that is, you’re not prepared, it is highly likely that you will stop right in the middle, and you will not be able to fulfill or accomplish any of the resolutions that you’ve listed.

So how can we achieve our goals?

1. FOCUS ONLY ON ONE THING
One thing that we always get wrong about setting goals is that we all want to do a lot of things all at the same time. That’s not a good practice. If you do that, your attention will be divided across different things.

Choose a resolution that is doable. Choose a goal that can allow you to bring all of your energy into it.

The people who only have one goal in mind are the ones most likely to succeed because their minds and bodies are going towards only one, focused direction.

2. BE SPECIFIC
Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” say, “I want to lose 15 pounds in three months!”

Being specific with your goals will give you an idea on the strategies that you need to apply in order to achieve them.

This way, you can avoid guessing your way to your goals and settling for something less by saying, “It’s not great, but this will do…”
Write down the exact thing that you want to happen, including:

What is your resolution? Why do you need to do this? When will you start? When is your target date? How will you do this?

3. PREPARE AND ANTICIPATE THE PROBLEMS
There will be times when we will unavoidably encounter problems, brought about by the people around us, or our environment in general.

Anticipating problems will help you prepare, just in case they happen. Doing this can also free you from disappointments if your Plan A doesn’t work out, because you have strategies and solutions that can help you cope up with the challenges ahead of you.

4. IMAGINE THE END RESULT
Oftentimes, there are people who get discouraged and give up the moment they experience hardships or the moment that they feel tired.

If you want to achieve your goals this 2016, focus on the end-result, and not on the hardships. Think about the joy, the relief, and the fulfillment once you finally achieve your goals.

For example:
“In April, because I will go to the gym three times a week, I will finally get rid of these bulges in my tummy.”

“Before the year ends, because I am setting aside P500 every payday, I will be debt-free.”

5. REWARD YOURSELF
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Every step and job well done is something to be happy about. You deserve to reward yourself to serve as your encouragement and motivation. This will also help you recharge for the next few days.

6. ASK FOR SUPPORT

Don’t be afraid to ask for support from a family member or a friend who can serve as your cheering squad.

Knowing that there will be someone to push you no matter what, for sure, you will no longer have any reason to give up.

THINK. REFLECT. APPLY.
What is your New Year’s resolution? How do you plan to achieve this? When will you start?

about the joy, the relief, and the fulfillment once you finally achieve your goals.

For example:
“In April, because I will go to the gym three times a week, I will finally get rid of these bulges in my tummy.”

“Before the year ends, because I am setting aside P500 every payday, I will be debt-free.”

5. REWARD YOURSELF
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Every step and job well done is something to be happy about. You deserve to reward yourself to serve as your encouragement and motivation.

This will also help you recharge for the next few days.

6. ASK FOR SUPPORT
Don’t be afraid to ask for support from a family member or a friend who can serve as your cheering squad.

Knowing that there will be someone to push you no matter what, for sure, you will no longer have any reason to give up.

THINK. REFLECT. APPLY.

What is your New Year’s resolution? How do you plan to achieve this? When will you start?

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