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How To Make New Year’s Resolutions Work.

It’s officially been a week into the year 2015. Congratulations if you’re reading this, we made it together. Every year, the majority of us set a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions but we forget the most important thing. What do resolutions mean? It means to plan. Every year, we make a plan for the new year. So do you want to know how to make New Resolutions work? Well get out your list and get ready for some tips.

Why am I Qualified To Write This Post?

Who better to tell you how to make New Year’s Resolutions work than the girl who fulfilled every single plan for 2014 year. I vowed at the beginning of the year that I’d quit my job and into business for myself. It sounded absurd but less than a year later, I’d gone into business and started my first semester of college? How?

Planning. 

How to Make your Resolution Work?

Step #1: Don’t make resolutions that involve spending money.

What? Jasemine, you’re crazy. It’s psychologically proven that four out of five resolution lists include a vow to either spend less money or save more. It’s completely contradictory to your plan to buy a gym membership. There’s a reason gym memberships get super cheap at the beginning of the year. The goal is to get you at your most vulnerable spending state of mind.

Step #2: You don’t have to take the straight and narrow.

If  you’ve googled, “New Year’s Resolutions” so you could come up with ideas, stop. Don’t even look  at go. You’ll never get that coveted $200. The goal is to make a plan for yourself and even though all the cool kids go to college, you may not need to do all of that. You may just want to learn more about your field.

Step #3: Split your resolutions into two or more sections.

There are 365 days of the year and trying to fulfil every one of your 25 each day is hard. Split them up. Let yourself take on one section at a time. It’s less overwhelming and far more rewarding.

Step 4: Provide yourself with rewards.

Running with a plan is a big deal. It can be difficult, it can be scary, but do you know how I’ve made it happen? I’ve provided myself with rewards that made it worth doing! Treat yourself out to dinner or buy yourself something nice. It’ll motivate you. For example when I finish the writing goals I’ve set out for myself, I tend to make myself a nice big dinner. It doesn’t have to be huge, it just has to be for you!

4 Simple Steps to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Work.

Do you have anything specifically that you do to make them work? Share your plan tactics with us below! Also, this isn’t just strictly dedicated to New Year’s. It’s also for any long term plan. I use the same ideas to push forth in my five year success plan. (Which I may talk about in my next Lighten Up.) Who knows?

Welcome to the new year folks!


 

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    Dan Walasinski
    January 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Well I don’t make resolutions but some major things have changed for me in the past year and I feel this year that these changes could happen in double time.

    Money and job title was something I really pushed for last year and I did get a pretty cool job, I mean it introduced me to my current roommate, a dream post college condo, a fun work environment and introduction to new found admiration.

    The job is far from perfect, the pay is below what I expected to make this year and behind schedule of my post college plans yet I will not be looking for a new job this year. I brush off the stuff I cant control and invest time into what we can as a team.

    I began reading history’s most influential books from all parameters, which I never was much of a reader. I did though write a book in the last year and this is something I am very proud of, could it be the door to something more amazing? Possibly so, more than likely yes.

    I do feel like I’m at an all time high, I find the positive to every argument, I don’t choose sides and I defend the opposing arguments for what they are worth, never have I been this healthy before or as in shape since Senior Year High School, I felt like I could settle for nothing less than perfect and I quarreled with those around me because things were not happening as I dreamed.

    None the less I stayed focused on my mission and the rewards have offered themselves in ways that I did not anticipate

    The world can be a tough place even for the most keen of us. Stay intellectual, stay focused, don’t bring yourself down, greatness can be found in any one of us so don’t be so quick to judge others.

    Much Love

    – Dan

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