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In 2013, how stuck to my New Year's Resolutions

31 December 2013

I love the idea of setting goals especially when it comes to the rolling around of a new year. Conceptually, it is easy. I sit down and generate an exhaustive list of things that I'd like to stick to, accomplish or do to better my place in this crazy world. Last year I had 5 resolutions: one for my marriage, my relationship with God, my community, my health and one for personal finances. 

Then the hard part comes. You know....the part where you actually have to stick to those resolutions! A serious challenge in my view. In my experience over the last year, I've figured out a few tips and tricks to sticking to your resolutions! 

1. Write them down!!! 
Do you ever get to middle January and totally forget what you wanted your New Year's Resolutions to be? I can't stand that feeling of forgetting! So, on the first day of each month in 2013, I wrote an update on my New Year's Resolutions. I [and you dear blog readers] held me accountable by revisiting my goals. Write them on your bathroom mirror in cheap lipstick or set yourself a google calendar reminder on the first of each month to check in with your resolutions.

2. Include a buddy.
One of the more popular of "hints" is to share your goals with others. If you aim to go to the gym in 2014, get your husband to go with you or find another gym buddy. You won't want to let that person down if you set a schedule and you are more likely to stick to your goals. I heard an awesome quote once [that I'm about to slaughter] that says "Sharing stresses and hurts with trusted friends allows us to not carry it all on our own." Same idea with New Year's Resolutions. By sharing your goals with trusted friends, you don't have to go at it alone.

3. Do a 50/50 dreamer and realist split. 
Would you ever resolve to cure cancer if you had no scientific background? No. Well in the same way, make your goals reasonable and attainable otherwise you are sort of setting yourself for failure. Last year, in my financial resolution I started to do the 52 week money saving challenge that was EVERYWHERE on Pinterest and Facebook. At first, it seemed like a great idea. Each week the dollar amount that matched the week would be put away in savings (i.e. the first week is $1, the second $2). Then after 52 weeks, you'd have over $1,300!!! But...what I didn't think through was the amount of money that I could spare out of my personal savings was much less than the monthly total by the end of the third month. Thus, I couldn't do it. No matter how hard I tried. So I had to ditch that.

Be lofty with your resolutions but make sure you can actually achieve your goals you set forth. No one wants to feel like they quit or gave up. 

If you need someone to encourage you in your resolution making, please email me! I'd be happy to encourage you along in 2014!

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