New year, New Me?

By: Terri King Hunt

Can I be honest with you? I do not like New Year’s Eve. I love the holidays and I am always very excited about beginning a new year, but secretly, I hate New Year’s Eve. New Years Eve and the days leading up to it are the days when we are bombarded with everyone’s resolutions and declarations of how they are going to change. While some feel the need to wait until January to start something new, the most important part of any resolution is the follow through.

Like most ambitious people you have probably had your vision board parties and goal setting events, but before you charge into the future to make those declarations, there are a few things you can do to ensure you accomplish the goals you set and experience amazing success in 2020. 

1. Take some time to reflect. 

If you want to experience success in anything, you must always reflect on what is or what has taken place. Reflection brings closure to what has been and opens you up to what can be. As you make time to reflect, consider these questions:

  • If you had to describe your past year in 3 words, what would it be? 
  • When did you feel inspired, alive or excited this year and why? 
  • When did you feel at your lowest this year and why? 
  • What lessons have you learned? 
  • What are your biggest accomplishments?

2. Determine your stance for the new year. 

What word or words will dictate the position or posture you will have in 2020. Think about the person you are and the person you aspire to be. Choosing one or two words will guide your focus and your decision making. They literally become the words you live by. A few powerful words to consider are faithful, consistent, willing, passionate, purposeful, joyful, excellent, integrity. Try to choose only 1-3 words and apply them to every situation you encounter. 

3. Set SMART goals. 

Rather than making a New Year’s resolution that will more than likely fail. Try something new. Determine the goal you have for the year and break it down into small SMART goals. SMART goals are tasks which are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. People who create SMART goals are 10 times more likely to experience success than those who simply set arbitrary goals and plans.

4. Make a commitment to yourself. 

Commitment is defined as dedication to a cause. Make yourself the cause and dedicate yourself to your own success. If one of your goals is to walk for 30 mins each Saturday morning, dedicate yourself to finishing your day early enough on Friday to get a good night rest. If your goal is to eliminate soda from your diet, commit to clearing the refrigerator and dedicate yourself to NOT replacing it.

2020 is here beginning a new decade. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to make a few resolutions. Instead reflect, focus forward, make a plan and of course seize the day. Cheers!

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