Being that there are a few weeks left of the year, I figured I’d give you some steps on how to set new year resolutions. The only guarantee in life is that time keeps passing by so taking the time to do this for yourself will allow you to create a more intentional future. In this post I’m giving you steps on how to set your new year resolutions.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always gravitated towards creating new year resolutions. To this day I’m not sure what caused me to start but I’ve been writing down 10 new year resolutions each year since middle school. Some of them were minor things like “drink more water” while others were bigger goals such as “graduate college on time” (I needed every credit by the time I graduated so I was scared of failing a class lol).
Starting a new year gives you the opportunity to have a new beginning. As cliche as it sounds, you really can be a new you in the new year. The truth is, everything in life is a choice. That’s why it’s important to take the time to decide how you want your life to go. Creating resolutions is the perfect opportunity to get you closer to the life you envision for yourself. Here are some steps to set your new year resolutions.
Reflect on current year
Before even thinking about next year’s resolutions, the first step is to reflect on this year. The best way is to write it out in your journal so you can refer back to it. Talking it out loud can help too but journaling will be more powerful, in my opinion.
Some writing prompts to use are the following:
- What went well this year?
- What were some highlights?
- What are you most proud of doing or accomplishing this year?
Also make sure to reflect on what you didn’t get to accomplish or do. Answer the following prompts: What did you want to do that you didn’t get to? Why didn’t you prioritize this? What are some ways you can improve for next year? By reflecting you have something to work with before choosing your new year’s resolutions.
The older we get, the less we tend to allow ourselves to dream big. I can’t blame you though since society has normalized living with complacency. We tend to categorize “dreamers” as something negative. Something acceptable for children and not adults. However, there are people out there living their dream life. Why can’t this be you too?
The next step after reflecting on this current year is to journal out what your dream life would look like. This is the time to be as “unrealistic” as possible. If you could have everything you want and you had all the money in the world, how would you spend your time? What would your life look like? Where would you live?
Without questioning or judging your thoughts, simply write everything down. Allow the pen to flow until you feel complete. After finishing this exercise, read it back to yourself and take it in. Did anything surprise you? Feel free to add any final dreams that come to mind.
Alright, now that you’ve reflected and have dreamed big, you’re ready to choose some resolutions for the new year. One of the tools I love using is the “life wheel” which is essentially a wheel consisting of the following 8 different categories.
- Health & fitness
- Business & career
- Romance & relationships
- Family & friends
- Personal development
- Fun & Recreation (travel)
- Spiritual development
When it comes to choosing resolutions, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. If this is your first time doing this, I suggest you start with a few resolutions. 12 months is a long time and SO much can happen in a year. However, it’s important to choose achievable ones because this will build your self-trust going forward. I also want to note that if you accomplish your resolutions right away, you can always create new ones as you see fit. You are the one in charge here.
You could focus on one or two categories if you’d like. For example, if you’re a recent college grad you could focus on the business/career, money or personal development category. Your resolutions could center on those yet you can still have simple goals or habits that you want to implement from other categories (such as going to a concert or implementing a meditation practice).
Finally, make sure they are specific. For example, instead of “be more mindful” choose something like, “meditate twice a week.” Make them relevant to your dream life now that you know what it looks like.
Once you choose your resolutions it’s important to write them down. More specifically, write them somewhere you’ll see them often. I like to write them on the back cover of my hardcover journal so I can refer back to them throughout the year whenever I write in it. I also use a planner that helps me stay on track. You can also add calendar events as reminders throughout the year to help you remember to refer back to them.
A final tip is to share your resolutions with your friends or loved ones. This will hold you accountable because they’ll remind you of them. If you’re brave, you can share your journey online too. From a manifestation aspect, telling people about them will cause them to envision you with them, helping you manifest them in real life.
One final thought I have about setting new year resolutions is that there are different seasons in life so it’s normal to not have a completely “balanced” life. Some years may require your time and energy for a particular life category than others, and that’s okay. It’s not possible to do it all. A new mom will most likely focus on family more than fun & recreation, for example. So be creative and choose some that will get you closer to your dream life because that’s what you deserve.
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