With 2012 just coming to a close, now is the time to address the achievements you want to strive for in 2013! There are few things as discouraging as the feeling of being stagnant in life, and the coming of a new year is the perfect time for forward motion. Many people focus their efforts towards change by setting a goal for the coming year, commonly known as a New Year’s Resolution. A New Year's Resolution is usually stated in terms of the desired end result, but I’d like to propose a question. Is it really the end result that determines whether or not you were successful this year, or is it the changes you made to get there?
Think about this: you can’t cross the finish line if you never take the first few steps. Set your goals in such a way that emphasizes progress. We’ve all, at one point or another, resolved to get straight A’s, lose ten pounds, etc. Those are awesome goals, no doubt! However, think of what you would achieve if instead of emphasizing your final results, you focused your efforts on reforming your daily habits. Make your resolution to spend a certain number of hours in the library each week to get those A’s you want. Maybe you can try handwriting your notes instead of typing them, or vice versa! Instead of focusing on a certain amount of weight you want to lose, commit to a healthier lifestyle! Drink more glasses of water each day or switch out your white bread for whole grains. It’s the combination of all of your efforts that will cultivate results.
One last, huge tip: do not put off the changes you want to make! A Chinese Proverb states, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now." It is never too late to do big things, so what's stopping you?
Stay tuned for tips on keeping up your motivation and honoring your commitment to your resolutions!