New Year’s resolutions (part 5)

Last month I presented a list of six ways to make New Year’s resolutions “stick”.  Today, I’d like to talk about item 6 on this list.

But first, let’s recap the initial five:

  1. Be convinced it will make your life better. This involves determining your starting place, examining your past choices, and deciding where you want to be next.
  2. Be convinced it’s attainable. Adopt new benefits.
  3. Break it into very small goals, and clearly state each goal. These small goals define the steps necessary to reach your ultimate goal.
  4. Be accountable to yourself and at least one other person. Having a confidant to call when you need a “booster shot” of confidence will help you over the rough patches.
  5. Be your own cheerleader, and have at least one other cheerleader. Create a list of rewards to give yourself at each step.

Now – for item 6:

6. Be able to adjust your expectations when necessary.

When you begin your New Year’s resolution journey, it’s based on a specific set of circumstances in your life.

However, as you move through each step of change, you may find those circumstances changing – partly because you have changed and partly because life continues to move on.

There is a wonderful saying that “you can’t step in the same spot a second time in a moving stream.” So, treat your life as a moving stream. Re-evaluate the circumstances of your life on a regular basis to see if the steps you’ve laid out and your ultimate goal still fit how you’re feeling today.

Skimping on any of the six steps makes it harder to reach your goal because without them it can start to feel overwhelming and this often causes us to stop everything. Completing each step one-at-a-time builds a firm foundation for the next step.

~ Christine
Dating and Relationship Expert

Goal Setting + Purposeful Dating = Satisfying Relationships

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