Chris Dunmire (CoachingYourCreativity.com) has designed a tool to help you get a list of New Year’s resolutions that may actually work. I really don’t make too many resolutions and this approach makes a lot of sense to me.
List your 10 resolutions, then:
a. Cross off the ones you’ve tried before, but ditched before January 15th.
b. Then cross off the ones you’re doing for your friends/co-workers/family/partner/etc.
c. Next cross off the ones TV commercials have berated or guilted you into doing.
d. Now cross off the ones you generated by saying, “I should/would/could…”
e. Then cross off the ones you think “your life will be perfect when…”
f. Next cross off the ones you’re doing out of spite, jealousy, anger, hate, or revenge.
g. Now cross off the ones you know your heart is not really into.
h. Then cross off any others that are variable on your mood, hormones, Mercury Retrograde, etc.
i. Now look at your remaining list. If you feel strongly that these resolutions will still be important to you in April when you’re trying to get your tax returns done, you’re on your way to success!
IMPORTANT: If everything on your list is crossed out, you just learned why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work for you. This knowledge is key to breaking the vicious cycle.