|Have you given up your new year's resolution yet?|
Step 1: Make time - if you are serious, you will TELL yourself, "I will make time for this" Any real goal you want, you need to admit to yourself, you need to make time for it.
Step 2: Do your research - we are so lucky to have such easy access to information today. You can see how others ran that marathon or took that trip to India or muddled their way to the perfect website. So research how others did it.
Step 3: Break down the larger goal to smaller manageable goals - I know you've heard this one before but let's face it, if you put on your to-do list, run a marathon, you're not going to do it tomorrow. And if you see it on your to-do list day in and day out, you're going to feel defeated. However, if you put on your to-do list, complete Week 1, Day 1 of the couch to 5K running program, well then, that's doable.
Step 4. Plan out your year with the smaller goals - Although this will probably change throughout the year, it's a good idea to put it in now. Google calendars allow you to create separate calendars for different aspects of your life, so I have a calendar for each of my kids events but then I have a calendar for personal activities and one for fitness goals and now I will have one for 2014 Resolution goals. But you can go old school and use a paper and pencil calendar. I'd suggest using a pencil for later months.
Step 5: Each month, review and modify - My husband told me once when I was particularly distressed about making a decision, "We make the best decision based on the information we have." So you are making decisions as best you can now BUT expect changes, life happens and a year is a long time. Put an alarm and email alerts to remind you check on your resolution - remember make time for it.
Step 6: Each month after doing step 5, go back to step one
I hope to come back to this each month to inspire me and hopefully you too.
Do you have any tips to keep to your New Year's Resolution?