- As 2020 begins, we have the opportunity to reflect upon and renew resolutions
- Unfortunately, studies show that resolutions are often abandoned before the end of January...
- Here are some simple strategies to help yourself finally reach your goals - including skincare resolutions!
As the New Year begins you have the opportunity to both reflect upon and also renew resolutions. Studies show that resolutions are frequently abandoned before the end of January, but when you take time to create positive accountability, you can enact strategies to help yourself finally reach your goals.
Setting aside specific time for this process allows space and time for meaningful reflection and sincere consideration for how you would like to step into 2020. Here are six strategies for creating positive accountability.
1. Be specific in your vision. One of the biggest mistakes made in setting goals is a lack of specificity. As you reflect on 2019 and prepare for the year ahead, be specific with what you’d like to achieve and how you will achieve it. Set parameters thoughtfully and give yourself time to create a plan. Use the month of January wisely and don’t be afraid to take your time - you have a whole year ahead. Resist the urge to rush the process, and trust that taking this time at the start of the year will enhance your intuitive guidance. Your specific plan should include markers of achievement and milestones by which your progress can be evaluated objectively rather than emotionally. Remember: the more specific, the better!
2. Enroll friends and family by openly sharing your goals. This helps you establish your first level of accountability because once you declare it, you are more accountable to it. However, this also helps you create an open conversation through which the people who know you best might be able to help deepen the plan, increase specificity, and refine the overall goals of the journey. Welcome their input but remember, this is your journey.
3. Enlist the help of a mentor. Enlisting the guidance of an outside resource can provide helpful perspective that is less emotional than those who are closest to you (although you’ll need that input, too!). Find a mentor who embodies many of the qualities you’re hoping to welcome into your life in 2020 and bravely ask for their support. Remember, boldness has magic, and your ability to courageously prepare for your upcoming year by enlisting positive support will further encourage your achievement of your goals. Hopefully this mentor can be a sounding board for questions, frustrations, and celebrating exciting milestones throughout your adventure! Also, keep in mind, that in today’s highly connected world it might mean that you don’t have direct, personal contact with your mentor. You might be connecting with this person via a podcast, YouTube channel, online training program, or other form of distance learning. If your mentor is someone you can have direct contact with, don’t be afraid to financially invest in yourself with several one-on-one sessions to help get your year off to a powerful start. Your goals and vision are worth it.
4. Journal. Journals can be an important resource when undertaking a new life course. Journals provide the opportunity to let down your walls, express emotions that might otherwise go unexpressed, and help you gain hindsight as your goals progress. Journaling allow you the opportunity to reflect and see how far you’ve come while also facilitating private conversations that help you go deeper into your true self.
5. Establish a weekly check-in meeting with a friend, family member, or your mentor. This conversation should reflect on your progress and should help you evaluate and improve upon your goals, approach, and overall attitude. Depending on the length of your resolution, you could speak with a different person from your community of support each week. For example, Week 1 speak with a friend, Week 2 a family member, Week 3 your significant other or another close confidant, and Week 4 with your mentor, allowing time and space for each conversation to resonate. This also ensures that your support system doesn’t get burned-out and it keeps you accountable to your goals on a weekly basis within a wider community and broader perspective.
6. Accept responsibility. Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes. Taking on a new life course, whether it be a diet, skincare routine, or preparation to step into a new career, you are boldly taking risks and difficulties are bound to arise. Challenges often represent opportunities so address them openly and proudly. When you create a plan, life usually has a way of changing course so embrace the difficulties as invitations to reflect, reevaluate, and explore!