This time of year I know many of you are looking ahead to 2016 and getting your mind set on some things you want to improve upon or change. With that said I want you to take time to read the following list I have compiled that I know will help you organize and plan to succeed in 2016!
Do not enter the New Year wishing. Set your mind on one area of your life and one area only. Few people can make multiple changes at once, so don’t allow your house to be divided. Focus on one single change at a time.
From experience I have learned that the key to changing your life is to change your thinking! Hopefully, you can print and secure this list to your fridge or bathroom mirror as a daily reference.
Also, feel free to email me anytime for advice or insight. Many of you already use me as a resource and I usually respond quickly! Remember, you are not reinventing the wheel so get advice and encouragement from those that have done what you are trying to do!
Here are 31 life hacks to help prepare and motivate you to reach your New Year’s Resolution:
- Educate yourself during the month of December using online resources. Preparation is essential. Read everything you can find concerning the area you want to improve upon.
- Focus on one resolution and one resolution only! Do not fall into the trap of implementing too many new activities or changes at once. Pick one and give it your undivided attention!
- Identify a resolution to which you have a true desire to change or improve. Don’t change for someone else or tag along on someone else’s resolution. Find something that you really want to change; something with which you can identify!
- Be aware that will power is like a muscle and can get fatigued. Educate yourself on willpower and learn to exercise your willpower like a muscle. Overuse can cause fatigue and then catastrophic failure.
- Don’t think about trying to quit a habit, but instead think about implementing the positive alternative to the negative. For instance, if you decide you want to live a healthier lifestyle don’t set your resolution to never eat fast food again. Formulate your resolution to eat 3 healthy meals per week from a healthy recipe book. Focus on doing something positive as opposed to stopping a negative.
- Don’t get discouraged with short-term defeats. Know this right up front: YOU ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE FAILURES!! Set this fact in your mind and come to terms with it. But, don’t allow them to discourage you, they are normal and everyone fails.
- Think about the bigger picture. When you are having a tough go, visualize your end result. I ask myself the following question: is doing this or that going to get me closer to my end goal or farther away? Focusing on the bigger picture helps me to stay focused and limits discouragement.
- Use the 80/20 Rule. Life is about moderation so try to make good decisions 80% of the time and reasonable decisions the other 20%.
- Be realistic. You want to set ambitious goals to push yourself, but remember to ease into change. In the beginning the road might be a bit bumpy and you need to have your mind set on the fact that slow and steady wins the race.
- If eating healthy, use the SkinnyTaste online resource
- If possible use an online or mobile app to help you each day. There is an app for everything and they come in very handy!
- Partner with a friend. Having someone to rely on for support and encouragement is invaluable, so find a friend to join you on your journey!
- Exercise outside instead of in a stuffy gym. I find being outdoors to be so freeing and inspirational.
- Glean valuable information from friends and family that have found success and emulate their formula. During your planning time in December, call or email friends that have found success in the area you want to change or improve. Ask questions, get their input, get advice. Their experience will help you avoid pitfalls.
- Turn your resolution into a game or challenge with benefits for small accomplishments. For example, if you decide to make running 3 times each week your resolution, then treat yourself with a new pair of running gloves once you have run 25 miles. Then you could set your next target at 60 miles and buy a new pair of running shoes.
- Partner with your spouse or significant other. Having the support of your significant other will be imperative during the course of 2016. If they don’t participate with you, then at least sit down with them, explain your plan and ask them to support you in whatever way possible.
- Use your social media platforms as a way to keep you accountable. Announce your plan to your friends and family and then update them daily or weekly as to your progress.
- Document your successes and failures on your blog. I used my blog periodically to update my readers on my healthy living progress for the entirety of this year. I had to stay on track or else I had to announce I had not done so well. It was motivating!
- Begin an accountability journal for yourself
- Write down your goals. When you decide on a resolution, be very specific in setting weekly and monthly goals. Be sure to include dates and objectives.
- Consult with an expert for advice and help devising a plan. When I decided to live a healthier lifestyle I reached out to a personal trainer who helped me educate myself and plan for success.
- Read motivational and inspirational materials along the way
- Read about engaging your subconscious mind.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford
- Learn from personal development books. I read two books that have helped mold me into the person I am today: Think and Grow Rich and The Power of Habit. Incredible motivation!
- Use music to inspire you during the tough times.
- Give up on absolutes! Do not set your resolution to “never eat junk food again.” Or “run every single day no matter what.” These types of absolute statements are only setting you up for failure.
- During the tough times, get angry! I know this might sound a little crazy, but studies have proven that anger is the most powerful emotion for fighting through tough times.
- Engage your senses. Be aware of what your body is telling you and listen. Becoming more aware will help you tremendously.
- Write out a mission statement for your resolution and tape it to your bathroom mirror, refrigerator and other high traffic areas of your life. Read your mission statement 3-5 times every day.
- Think about your setbacks ahead of time and plan for how to deal with them before they occur. Anticipating setbacks is essential to success so expect them to happen that way you are not overly disappointed in yourself.
- Remove yourself immediately from temptations when presented. For instance, if you stop smoking as your resolution, you will probably need to limit your time in situations that tempt you to smoke. Take a break from certain friends, places or situations that you know will be a hindrance.
I know for a fact that a few of you will finish out 2016 with a huge smile on your faces knowing you have accomplished your goal(s). Use the month of December to formulate a plan: read everything you can read and interview those that have gone before you.
Prepare yourself for victory and remember:
“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich.