New Year Resolutions

My first hello of 2011 🙂

I hope you all had a great Christmas with family and friends. I did, although it’s always quite hectic in our house, it’s also fun! 

Also I hope you start the year healthy.  There’s been a lot of nasty virus’s around so if you were unlucky enough to catch one I hope you’re now on the mend 🙂

So, new years resolutions, should you make them? In my opinion I think it matters more how you make them.

At some point or other we’ve all made resolutions we don’t manage to keep but it’s important to look at why we don’t keep them.  Lets look at a couple of resaons.

This year I’m going to make lots of money  We’ve all made this resolution many times I’m sure, but how many of us have actually done it?  I’d like to wager none too many!

Why is this statement on it’s own not achieveable?  Because it’s too vague, there’s no plan and you don’t actually know how you’re going to do it.

You need to be a lot more specific.

Make A Plan

Nothing great was ever accomplished without a plan. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

  • HOW MUCH money do you want to make?
  • Time factor. WHEN do you want to have achieved this by?
  • WHAT are you going to put in place do to make it happen?
  • HOW are you going to do this?
  • WHO is going to help you?
  • WHAT resources are you going to need?

These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself, and you MUST WRITE IT DOWN so that you have something visible to follow.

Whatever it is you want to achieve, you must set goals, that’s important. Small, achieveable goals instead of something too ‘big’ that you know you won’t accomplish.

Let’s just say that you want to have made £50,000 by the end of December 2011.  £50,000 sounds a lot in one go….. so break it down.

You need to make this in twelve months, so thats, £4,166 per month, or, £961 per week, or, £137 per day, or, £17 per hour.

Now what sounds more achieveable? £50,000 or £17.00?

You might have an Ebay shop selling goods or a service that makes you £10 per sale. You’d have to sell just 15 of these to achieve the £148 per day. That sounds a bit easier than making 50k doesn’t it?

Don’t just say “I’m going on a diet”. Write down:

  • WHEN you’re going to start
  • HOW MUCH weight you want to lose (remember, be specific)
  • WHAT DATE you want to have lost the weight by
  • BREAK IT DOWN!  If you want to lose two stones in six months, this works out to 28lbs in 24 weeks. So just over 1lb a week.
  • HOW are you going to do this? (join a club, follow a diet plan etc)
  • WHO can help (maybe you have a friend who has the same aim. It’s easier if you do it together)
  • REWARD yourself for each target you reach. ie; When you get to your first 7lbs go out and buy yourself something nice.

So can you see that your resolutions will be much easier to keep if they are broken down into smaller goals?  

It’s all about you being able to SEE that your resolutions ARE achieveable and I know this works because I’ve done it! I have a diary and I write down what I need to do on each day for the whole week, then every morning I check the list and make sure each one is ticked off.  I’m a visual person and need to see it written down to remember.

We all mean to do things and don’t get around to it, you might have a bill that needs paying and say “I’ll pay it tommorrow” then you get distracted and forget. It’s easily done.

So try it out, just for a week, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

Good luck and I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year 🙂

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jo
    Jan 02, 2011 @ 21:47:15

    A happy 2011 to you Suzie
    Great advice here – planning my year right now !

    Reply

  2. Reiter Thinks
    Jan 02, 2011 @ 21:56:42

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Thanks for the focus! Have a great new year.

    Reply

  3. Colin Wells
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 09:43:28

    Hi Suzie,

    Great advice thanks. Love people like you.

    Thanks again and happy new year to you,

    Colin 🙂

    Reply

  4. Johnny Debt
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 10:43:24

    A made up mind attunes itself to far greater powers!!!

    Excellent advice here Suzie.

    Don’t just read what others say, get on and do it. For some strange reason the first step always seem the hardest.

    You want to do something, THEN DO IT!

    Reply

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