“Oh my, it’s almost time to make my 2020 New Year’s Resolutions and I am so excited! It’s going to be the most amazing ‘new year, new me’ experience of my life. Seriously, this year is going to be my year.” Sound familiar, sadly unrealistic and (at this point) downright annoying?… We agree.
New Year’s Resolutions are soooo last year. Most people waste their time setting massively unrealistic goals which, no matter how optimistically we start out, are destined to fail (25% in the first week, actually).
Even among those who stick at it a little longer, we’ve spoken to a lot of people who think New Year’s Resolutions are for January alone! Dry January, Veganuary, PetAsManyDogsAsWeCanuary (that last one might just be us). Where is the long-term ambition?
If you want to make 2020 the year you set and achieve meaningful goals that could make a real difference to your life, check out our 7-step guide below and join the Twasme New Year’s Resolution Revolution!
Twasme’s 7-Steps to a Resolution Revolution
- Make it mean something
Too many people at this time of year jump on the latest bandwagon. The sentiment behind trends like Veganuary might be great, but it won’t last if all it means to you is being part of the latest fad. Humans are driven by emotion, so pick a goal that really means something to you personally.
- Set short, mid, and long-term goals
When resolution makers set out with one massive ambition in mind, it’s usually more of a dream that will never come true than a goal. By all means, start with a big goal in mind but make sure to set mid-term goals as mile markers, and short-term goals as the bricks in the road that will get you there.
- Get ready for challenges
Too many people hit the first bump in Resolution Road and simply throw their hands in the air and say, “oh well, it was a good run”. Missing a gym session today doesn’t mean you can’t be back in there tomorrow. Don’t only visualise the grand prize. Mentally prepare for any challenges ahead and you’ll be better braced to absorb them as they come up. Spoiler alert: 2020 will not be an exception.
- Don’t hold yourself accountable
We have a tendency to go easy on ourselves when there is nobody else watching. Tell friends and family about your goals and why you want to achieve them. You’ll be a lot more likely to stick to something that could come up in conversation at any moment. Nothing trickier than having to suddenly explain how your diet is going with a mouth full of chocolate.
- Get back what you put out
While you’re busy telling someone about your goals, make sure to listen to some of theirs too. This will let you keep them accountable and lend a hand if they hit a hurdle. And guess what? They’ll probably return the favour. A year is a long time to go it alone, so help each other out and throw a joint party when you both hit your 2020 goals.
- No really, throw a party.
We weren’t kidding. In fact, you should throw lots of little “parties”. It doesn’t matter what form they take, from taking time to relax and listen to music, to buying a little treat to mark a milestone. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself to maintain motivation, and that includes celebrating the small wins.
- Track your progress
One thing is for sure, it’s going to feel like a busy year and goals can quickly drift off course even if feel like they are always on your mind. Daily task lists can be a helpful guide, while adding a Weekly Review to your routine ensures your time and energy are always being efficiently directed towards achieving your goals. Check out our Guide to Weekly Reviews for some great tips to help you staying on track.
That’s it. Go for it. Now!
By all means spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve in 2020, but don’t let yourself get stuck dreaming about the end result rather than planning how you will achieve it. If you wait, you’re already late. Hit the ground running in 2020 by getting your plan laid out before the bells ring. And remember to:
- Make your goals meaningful
- Set short, mid, and long-term goals
- Mentally prepare of challenges
- Get a friend to hold you accountable
- Return the favour for someone else
- Celebrate big and small wins
- Review your progress weekly
Good luck everyone. Make 2020 your year, with Twasme!