3 Steps To Creating And Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions in 2017
Start writing a post

3 Steps To Creating And Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions in 2017

Living your dream life starts with the goals you make today.

3 Steps To Creating And Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions in 2017

Whether you're a New Year's fanatic like me or you are a nonbeliever of resolutions, it's safe to say the ending of one year and the beginning of another allows us space to stop and reflect on where we are in our lives and possibly where we would like to be. If you've found yourself creating the same resolutions year after year simply to end each year disappointed, it's likely you aren't alone.

This past year especially I found myself stumbling into 2016 and similarly leaving quite disillusioned with a lot in this world. As I thought more and more about it, I realized that although the year had been tough for more than one reason, and for many different people around the world, I had accomplished and learned so much about myself throughout the year as well, which is why I'm labeling it the year of self-growth.

With the end of a heavy 2016 drawing to a close quickly however, I started putting undue pressure on myself to perfect the magic of the concept of a New Year I love so much - a fresh start with life changing resolutions in hand - just to counteract what I felt like was a messy start last year. With this realization, I soon decided to strike a healthy balance between accepting the reality that New Years is just like any other day of the year, while also appreciating and taking advantage our society's collective motivation for a clean slate and another chance.

This is all to say, if you've never believed in resolutions or have had a rocky relationship with them as well, there may be a couple reasons holding you back from achieving these goals. It may also help to know that even as a self-proclaimed self-help junkie, I spent so much time worrying about having the perfect start to 2017 that I didn't end up having my ducks in a row by the first. There's no need to put pressure on yourself because every day is the perfect opportunity to start living the life you've always dreamed of (can you tell I'm obsessed with Oprah and all things motivational). I've decided to take the first weeks of January to reflect and come up with some resolutions that are backed up with smaller achievable action-oriented goals. For those of you who have made it this far through the article and are wondering exactly where to start, I may not be an expert but I thought I'd share my process with you and some resources that I've found helpful in creating and achieving New Year's resolutions.

1. Review the past year + write down your dreams.

I can assure you that it is neither ridiculous nor selfish to carve out some time just to reflect on your life and dream of all the possibilities you're too afraid to let in because of whatever reason, be it money, time, family, friends, or society. The first step to achieving your dreams is letting yourself believe they are possible. So take out a pencil and a sheet of paper and get to work imagining everything this alternate extremely cool version of yourself wouldn't be afraid of doing or wanting this year. While you're writing down all the possible resolutions you can think of, keep in mind that behind this alternate version of yourself is you, which is more than enough already as is. It's important to appreciate your life and yourself as it is now while also pushing to achieve and change the things you want to. So while you're filling out a list of resolutions with building a workout routine and drinking more water, create a parallel list with things you're happy happened last year like saving money and traveling somewhere. If you need more structure, yoga guru Kassandra has a YouTube video outlining how to go about reflecting on 2016 and thinking about 2017 that I think provides an awesome start to this next step.

2. Organize, prioritize, and come up with an action plan.

To make sure we are able to follow through with our resolutions, it's important to have a plan for when we falter. If you're anything like me, after step one, you've probably come up with a ridiculously long list of ridiculous things you'd like to do this year, including everything from learning a new language to starting a rock band. I say dream big, but also if you want to see progress, Warren Buffett has an awesome article on prioritizing which resolutions may be most important to you, especially in matching the vision you have for your future. Another resource I found super helpful in creating an action plan behind my New Year's resolutions was minimalist living and expert in all things aesthetically pleasing, YouTuber Michelle B, who has an amazing video series on how to translate your resolutions into goals you can actually achieve, as well as tons of tips, ideas, and inspiration.

3. Check in with your progress and keep motivated.

Last, but definitely not least, is the follow through. Undoubtedly, the planning and visualization of your resolutions is super important, but ultimately the hard work put behind them leaves you a lot more satisfied at the end of the year, when you're able to look back and realize all your achievements and progress, as you are well on your way to living the life you really want. That's why it's important to keep yourself motivated and accountable, whether that be through creating an inspiration board so you can be reminded of your life vision every time you walk into your room, or through weekly goals and check-in's. Establish a routine that gets you excited to wake up every morning and be prepared with a plan for when you're not that into all the work, and before you know it you'll be crushing 2017 like nobody's business.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments