It’s that time of year again, to reflect on your progress and put steps in place for an even better year to come. Success in work, life and play is always just around the corner, with New Year’s resolutions.
Have you already written out a list of New Year’s resolutions? Whether you make them, or break them, really comes down to one thing. You need to stay on track, with achievable steps. Whether you want to get fit, eat healthier meals, save for an investment property or travel the globe, these five resolutions will help you get there.
Get excited for success, in 2018.
1. Set clear boundaries
No matter what goal you’d like to achieve, it’s going to be a long climb without clear boundaries. For example, if you want to enhance your fitness, it simply won’t happen unless you make time to exercise. You may need to rearrange the household routine so that nothing deters you from going to the gym. Or, block a time in your calendar that’s usually taken up by unnecessary work meetings. Regardless of what your boundaries are, sticking to them gets you closer to goals.
Taking responsibility means acknowledging that you do have the power to change and design your own life.
2. Take responsibility
How many times a day do you find yourself wishing you had more time, that you didn’t have to work so many hours or that the kids would just pick their washing up from the floor? They’re such repetitive thoughts, that most of us don’t even realise we’re simply resigned to them. Taking responsibility means acknowledging that you do have the power to change and design your own life. In fact, knowing this is the only way you’ll tick your resolutions off the list.
Put delegating at the top of your resolutions list.
3. Learn how to delegate
It takes a lot of time and energy to be frazzled, stressed and running around like the proverbial chook without a head. Not learning how to delegate is one of the prime reasons New Year’s resolutions get shoved over into next year’s list…every year. You deserve to make the time for yourself to reach your goals and to receive help in doing so. If you need people to pick up jobs for you at work, just ask. When you want one morning a week set aside for a project, delegate tasks to your family. You don’t have to do everything and the quicker you realise it, the closer you’ll be to your dreams.
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4. Drop what’s not working
It’s surprisingly easy to move through life just accepting things that don’t work, not to mention drain time, money and energy. However, in order to allow space for your goals to thrive, these things have to go. Perhaps it’s time spent on drinks with old friends you only see because of obligation. It could be a faulty work system or a broken dishwasher. Regardless, dropping, fixing or improving them is necessary, to make way for success.
5. Keep moving forward
The ability to consistently move forward is the overriding factor, when it comes to achieving New Year’s resolutions. Obviously, sometimes life gets in the way and you have to press the pause button. Other than that, what stops most people is the search for perfection, rather than progress. Any step forward is a good step, no matter how small, awkward or trivial.
Remember that, and you’ll be well on your way to success in the coming year.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.