Resolutions made simple and functional

It’s 2015!  I cannot believe it.  At this time, most of us are taking time to reflect on what went on in the prior year and then making plans for the New Year.  So, have you started making your resolutions yet?  If not, you have to Get Moving!  It is already time since we are well into the first full week of the year.  I have a few things planned for us and I am very excited about it all!!!  But of course, I will need YOUR help to ensure we are going in the right direction.  I will be counting on you!

This month, we will be talking about a few different aspects of resolutions.  I have heard that certain people have a difficult time making resolutions due to various reasons, and for others, resolutions are motivators.  I believe a smooth process lies within making resolutions that are right for us.  Note that I did not say that you have to do it “the right way”.

(Sigh!) There really is no standard format for making resolutions in my book.  I can’t stand cookie-cutter resolutions (lose weight and heal the world) and would not inflict this pain to you either.  However, there are some helpful steps you can take that will guide you through making sound, realistic, and solid resolutions; and I want to share them with you.  You can start with this worksheet here.  It will help you discern your goals on a time table and you will be able to track your weekly steps/progress for the whole year!  I had posted this worksheet previously and some found it quite useful.  I am using it myself!

Three things to consider when you are developing your goals and action steps:

  • The magic lies with your plan’s flexibility. Life happens, so you will most likely have to make adjustments as you go along.  BUT!  Beware of the “cop out trap”!  Just because you “do not feel like you can make it” or that something is “just too hard” does not give you the justification to look for the exit sign.  There are certain things you KNOW you should do this year, right?

    Flexibility

    Flexibility

  • Find an accountability partner to help you on your journey. It is more enjoyable when you have another person (or a group of people) who can trek with you.

    Accountability

    Accountability

  • Use the S.M.A.R.T. method: S – Be Specific, M – make it measurable, A – it has to be achievable, R – make it realistic, T – is it timely?  You can read more about it here.

    Use the S.M.A.R.T. system

    Use the S.M.A.R.T. system

Now that you have the information you need to develop your goals (or you can check and see how well you already did), make the action plans to reach them.  I found that it is not necessary to have a thousand plans either; it only makes things ambiguous…  I started working with just a handful and as I developed my plans to reach them, I felt encouraged!  It’s amazing how a little guidance can help clear up the fog!

I pray you find this useful.  Over the course of this month, we will explore resolutions for our mind, relationships, and families.  Come along for the ride and please SHARE, LIKE, and COMMENT both here and/or on the Facebook page.  I would LOVE to hear from you and about the plans you have for yourselves!

Let’s get 2015 rolling, people!  We have a whole year ahead of us, so let’s make choices that will positively affect our future.  Are you ready to change your destiny?

Always in Faith,

M

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16 Responses to “Resolutions made simple and functional”

  1. I love the idea of having an accountability partner. I’m the only one who keeps myself accountable now and sometimes that just doesn’t work so well!

    • Yes, Cat@therusticwillow! It is indeed very important and I hope you are able to find one soon! Good luck and I invite you to keep us posted on your progress!

  2. Happy New Year! I love the SMART method. It’s something that my hubby and I talked about years ago . . . and has tremendously helped us both.

    • Thanks Rachel – @philwife.blogspot.com! Please feel free to share with us how the SMART method helped you 🙂 I just started implementing it and it is a blast to see things happening!

  3. I really like your tips! Especially someone to help you get that resolution maintained and accomplished! #momblogsocietybloggers

  4. I love that SMART acronym. It’s so important to cover each of those points when making goals, otherwise reaching them is so much harder! All the best as we each strive to reach (and may exceed?) our own goals!

  5. Thanks for the tips! A few of my resolutions are to tone up, and to be a better wife, mother and christian!

  6. Staying flexible is an important part of my plan for 2015. I can be stubborn about situations and will learn to chill out a bit. 🙂

  7. I’m all about enlisting help! I hope 2015 sees my resolutions to completion!

  8. Great post. I dont set too high on my goal this year, just do my best as I can.

  9. This is the first year that I do not have a weight loss- or diet-related resolution. But, in the past…I have always been successful with an ‘accountability partner’ – my brother…we keep each other focused and can share our triumphs and struggles when everyone around us doesn’t fully understand them.

  10. Great tips! That SMART method is genius!

  11. I love how you’ve broken it down into the smart acronym, It makes goal setting and sticking to it so much easier!

  12. Great tips on making real and workable plans! I don’t do New Years resolutions, I pray and choose a word instead for the year. But we all make plans and following your advice makes making them real a lot more attainable.

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