It’s the new year, y’all! Aren’t you so excited? Like many others, I am sure you have big resolutions for 2018. Let me guess, you want to achieve your dream body, improve mental health, travel the world, make more money, practice minimalism, and on and on.
I bet this isn’t the first year you’ve set this particular goal for yourself. And that’s okay. You’re not the only one: Only 8% of people achieve their new year goals.
Good thing the advent of 2018 is a great time to hit reset and try again!
If you’re serious AF about achieving your goals for this year, I’ve got you. I’ve created a free New Year’s Resolution Worksheet to get you started!
In 2016, I made a resolution to get out of my mental health funk and radically change my life. One year later, I am able to pat myself on the back. I went 12 months without a depressive episode, my anxiety is under control, I graduated with my master’s degree, and changed my career.
What’s the secret to achieving new year’s resolutions?
The Secret to Slaying New Year’s Resolutions
The secret is simple: I made practical and tangible plans with deadlines.
For example, “I want to lose weight” may be practical, but it’s not tangible. How much weight do you want to drop? By when? Okay, how much weight do you need to drop each month? What are you going to do to get there? Workout twice a week? What day? What time? Which workout?
Most resolutions are too vague or too big to accomplish in a single year. If you want to make good on your goals, you must break them down into smaller steps. Set deadlines for yourself. Keep a journal and document your progress. Most importantly, forgive yourself if your progress is slower than anticipated.
I am a firm believer in progress not perfection. Maybe you won’t save $2000 this year as planned, but you saved $500. You are still closer to your goal than you were at the beginning of the year.
Be careful of the high expectations you set for 2018. Resolutions should be practical and attainable. Some can be small and short-term. If you set the bar too high, you may end up feeling like a failure (which is worse than failure itself).
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My New Year’s Resolutions
I don’t have resolutions because my Black ass is perfect #SorryNotSorry
If you’re curious, my new year’s resolutions include:
- Allowing myself to be emotionally available and learn to set up boundaries not walls.
- Consistently create content for Grade 21 (and expand to YouTube!).
- Pay off my credit cards ($4k)
How did I break down my resolutions into practical and tangible goals?
Well, for the first resolution, I shared my goal with my therapist who can guide my journey to emotional vulnerability. I am planning to read Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. In more concrete terms, I am hitting MUTE/BLOCK/DELETE on people who don’t respect my peace. I return calls during certain times and say “goodbye” when the conversation becomes stressful.
My second resolution involves brainstorming content for the whole year, broken down into months and weeks. I schedule when to film, edit, write, design, photograph, post, and promo (hey, a lot goes into running a blog!)
Finally, my big goal is to eliminate my credit card debt! Though I pay down my balance each month, it’s not going away fast enough. I divided $4000 by 12 months, which equals about $330. Do I have an additional $330 in my budget? HELLLLL NO! Which is why I’ve planned to find a few side hustles outside my full time job.
I’ve created a free worksheet called “NEW YEAR, WHO DIS?” to help you slay your resolutions once and for all! In this quick guide, you will learn:
- HOW to break big aspirations into smaller goals by week/month/quarter (practicality!)
- WHY these goals are important to you (motivation is key!)
- HOW to VISUALIZE your resolutions
You ready? Download the New Year Who Dis Worksheet!
If you find this guide helpful, please let me know and TWEET A SIS.
Stay learning, y’all!