Five Steps for Setting and Keeping New Year Resolutions
with ALLYSA SEELY, professional Paratriathlete
Every 365 days new resolutions are made and a few days later they seem to fall by the wayside. It isn’t always easy to form new habits, but it is always possible. This year, reframe your process and make your resolutions last.
Write them down somewhere they are frequently visible. I like to keep them on a whiteboard in my office and a reminder on the refrigerator in the form of a picture or a magnet.
Add a deadline.
I think this is the most important part of the goal setting process because it shows that you are serious about accomplishing these goals. You now have a time frame making it harder to sweep under the rug by saying, “I’ll get to it tomorrow, next week or next month.”
Create a plan.
A big goal can be overwhelming and thus easier to neglect. Craft smaller daily or weekly tasks that build toward your pie in the sky goal and turn your focus to these. They are much more manageable; therefore, not as overwhelming.
Now is the time to reflect on the plan you created. Are you accomplishing your tasks with ease? Is it more difficult than you originally thought? Make these reflections frequently, but if you have stalled don’t get discouraged. Instead, use your reflections to understand why you have come to an impasse and revise your plan.
Always strive for more and continue to set new goals.
What are some of my goals for the new year? Here are a few:
Take more pictures.
Ascend Pikes Peak in Colorado on my Envie (14,114 feet).
Learn sign language.
Reduce my 5k run time by 5 percent.
Spread kindness at every opportunity.
Be the first swimmer out of the water this year.
Learn to own my successes, not just my failures.
LET'S DO THIS! #HowWeLiv