You are sitting at your computer, ready to start working on the strategy for your latest client, feeling healthy from the meal you made, thinking about how you want to conduct yourself in your next conversation instead of buying the pair of shoes you’re eying online… 

Some of the most common new year’s resolutions are gently nestled in this scenario. Things such as starting your own business, making healthier food choices, saving money and being more mindful are often committed to a new year’s resolutions in the hope of self-improvement. However, many people fail to stick to, follow through or even attempt their new year’s hopes and dreams. This is because executing them is not as simple as you may think. Here are a few tips that can help you to grow in 2020.

1. It’s all in the terminology 

The term resolution can be a significant factor in why the follow-through in the new year is terrible. A resolution in the new year is treated as some type of joke or funny scenario that people use to hide behind. And often purely because of the label, people don’t take their commitments seriously. Rather, use words such as recommitment or self-improvement. 

2. Start now

You don’t have to wait until the 1st of January or worry if the first two weeks of the year didn’t go as planned, you can start at any time. There is no trouble in starting right here, right now – yes, even though the New Year buzz is behind us! In fact, the sooner you commit to something and take action, the better. No more putting things off and no more stalling. If the thing you want to do has meaning, it will be just as valid now as later down the road.

3. Develop your vision

It’s a great idea to begin your year with the end in mind – think about what you would like to achieve and who it is you would like to be by the time your journey is complete. If you are not sure, that’s also fine, but it does help to know what the parameters of your change will be. Define your journey on paper if need be, sometimes writing down your thoughts can help you to pinpoint precisely what it is you want.

4. Check yourself before you wreck yourself 

Look at where you are now to identify the work that’s ahead to reach your end-goal. Try to look at this step as a lesson in reflection and self-awareness rather than merely highlighting the long road ahead. Remember the actions you take to achieve your goal are building blocks that will equip you to be a better you. The journey is just as important as the destination. 

5. Safeguard yourself from harm

Self-improvement can leave you emotionally, physically and even financially vulnerable. From being sore after a new form of exercise, to being economically exposed without car insurance, take the time and effort to look after yourself and your belongings, and carefully consider the harm that can come from not safeguarding your newfound interests. Drink plenty of water while you exercise, talk to a family member or psychologist about emotional changes you are making, or get a  quote to ensure that the company you’ve worked so hard to set up is protected. These details will work with you towards the best possible outcome. 

6. Dust yourself off and try again 

If you fall off the wagon or don’t pursue one of your steps to self-improvement, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue: it just means you are slightly delayed. Start right back up with whatever you want to achieve as immediately as you possibly can. The less time you leave between attempts, the more likely you are to get back to your plan.

Turn 2020 into a year that is picture-perfect with these tips to help you to live your way. 

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