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Your Broken New Year’s Resolutions


Sean

At the beginning of each year is the usual discussion about New Year’s resolutions. Some people say they want to exercise more. Or they want to read more. The list goes on what people want to accomplish. In fact, most of us do not even remember our New Year’s resolutions by December. So how can we improve ourselves each year? I have fallen into the same trap. I did some research and found three ways to increase achieving your resolution goals.

Your Broken New Year’s Resolutions
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Tackle in Sections

How do you accomplish something? Do you tackle the whole project at once or do you divide tasks? You are not going to finish a whole long laundry list of resolutions in 30 days. Creating such a list will set you up for failure. Try to think of mastering one goal each month. If you did not commit to achieving something the previous month, stick with that task until it is completed. This process helps you stay focused and prioritize your goals. Mastering a goal a month is reasonable and will allow you see things through.

Take Breaks

Have you ever dwelled on completing your New Year’s resolutions? In fact, taking breaks does make people sharper, happier, and ready to work. You can burn yourself out if you keep putting in long hours each day. If you are burnt out, you will not be helping anyone or getting anything done. I am not saying take off a bunch of time for work either. The point is to take some time for you. Think of taking a break like your phone. Your phone is on all the time and uses energy. When you are charging your phone, the battery is recharging for the next day’s activities. So turn off your brain every once in a while. Let it recharge.

One Word Resolutions

How many goals did you finish with your resolution list? Was it many? Was it not much? Was it none at all? If you are trying to make lists and not achieving, then why make a list at all? Instead, think of a word you want to become this year. Right there I inserted the word “become” and not “do”. Choosing one word helps you filter your decisions and stay focused on you. Ultimately, goals only are steps to achieve. By focusing on one word, you will remember who you want to be and where you want to go.

A lot of resolution advice is out there. I am offering three ways to help achieve who you want to become. In the beginning of this post, I stated, “achieving your resolution goals.” We all want to achieve goals, tasks, etc. We feel more accomplished and progressive. We tend to forget the bigger picture; we forget about who we want to become. If you are not achieving your resolutions, try to implement these three ways. How will trying hurt you? I have started on these ways and found better success already. I have started to think like a marathoner than a sprinter; I am thinking long term instead of short term. I am thinking less on losing that extra 10 pounds, etc and more focused on who I am to become/perceived.

How are you achieving your New Year’s Resolutions?

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About the Blogger: Sean Sullivan (@seansullivan110) is host at Converge Coffee. When he is not podcasting, you can find Sean at networking events, cultural events, and coffee shops quoting too many movies.

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