4 Steps for Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last

Every year around New Years we take a look at the past and look forward to the future.  We make new resolutions on January 1st and abandon all resolutions by the second or third week in January.  At Empowered Wellness, we use goals to help our young adult and teen campers  meet their desired goals.  We teach them how to set the right goals and to have a system in place for achieving their goals.

Here are a few of our tips on how we see success at camp with our young adults and teens when setting goals:

Step 1: Begin with the end in mind.

Simple. This is where most people start the process of setting a goal.

“I want to lose 10 pounds,” “I want to run a marathon,” or “I want to eat more veggies and fruit.”

Setting the goal is essential and this is where most people stop. 

The next few steps are what will make your goals stick.

Setting SMART goals is a specific formula we use for goal setting at camp.

2. Align your belief systems.

We all have belief systems and our beliefs will align our goals.

Your goals will not align your belief systems.

For example, if you are setting a goal to put more fruits and veggies in your diet, you need to examine your thoughts around fruits and veggies.  If you think you don’t like veggies, they are too complicated to buy or make, you don’t have time to buy fresh produce, or no one in your family will eat them. These thoughts will sabotage you goals.

Instead change your belief system to align with your goals.  If you are going to add more fruits and veggie into your diet have intentional positive thoughts around fruits and veggies. “I believe I like fruits and veggies,”  “This is important to me so I will find the time to buy veggies,” and “I believe my family can learn to like them too.”

3. Find your pain points.

A pain point is recognizing where the challenges or road blocks are that keep you from achieving your goals. 

If you know shopping after work to buy veggies can be challenging on certain days, plan days or times that would be less challenging.

If your goal is to work out three times a week in the morning before work or school, and your pain point is getting out of bed in the morning, set out your work out clothes the night before or find a partner who can meet you at the gym or go on a walk.

Find solutions around your pain points that will make you more successful.

4. Find your systems.

Find the right systems everyday to achieve your goals. 

If your goal is to run a marathon, you will need to plan and implement a training schedule.  So put into place systems that work for you that reduces the pain points, align with your belief systems and helps you be successful in keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.

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