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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolution for 2014: Stick to the Plan

It’s that time of year again, resolution time. People are sharing their annual goals on social media sites and pushing #resolutions2014 into the trending topic list. So far I’ve seen the following:


·         New Year, New Me

·         Get a new job

·         Limit my time of Facebook

·         Exercise

·         Get better friends

·         Get rid of toxic friends

·         Travel

·         Take care of me

No, these aren’t my resolutions for 2014 but I’ve seen these and a list of others in my newsfeeds leading up to 2014. (Ok, well two of those were mine from 2013. I now have better friends and I keep the toxic ones at a distance.)

I recently told a friend of mine to write out his resolutions. “I must admit that putting it on paper surely put the things that are important to me into perspective,” he wrote in an e-mail.
After he wrote out his desires for 2014 he shared his resolutions with me. I then advised him to print it off, place the list somewhere he can see it every single day, and to carry a copy in his wallet. That way he can always see exactly what he’s striving for. He plans to put it on the back of his bedroom door.

How many times have you written out your list of resolutions only to forget all about them by mid-February? Having your goals in your face every day will help you stick to those goals. Carrying it around in your journal, purse, notebook, wallet or having it stuck somewhere in your work space will be a constant reminder of how you want to better yourself. Believe me when I say it’s in your best interest to have your resolutions placed where you can see them on a daily basis.  

In the beginning of 2013 I made a vision board and every morning when I opened my eyes my goals for the year were right there on the wall staring me in the face. Quite a few things manifested from my vision board and I must say I held my head up a little higher.

For the goals I didn’t accomplish, I put them back on my 2014 vision board. The primary reason why I didn’t accomplish some of those plans is because I allowed others to place doubt in my head. So I stopped listening to the negative, I’ve stopped sharing and I told non-believers to shut their face.

MAKE IT WORK

Don’t just write down your resolutions and put them aside. You have to constantly work on every item on the list. Surround yourself with likeminded people to help you attain your goals. Get out and network. Do your research. Weigh the pros and cons. Mentally prepare yourself for defeat and success. Yes, there may be setbacks…it’s normal. Expect the unexpected. Be thankful. Be inspired. Be fearless. Be humble. Be passionate. But most importantly, don’t give up!

Well, it’s time to put those plans into action. Are you ready to get the job done? Tweet me @TCsViews to share your #resolutions2014 or e-mail me astutestories@gmail.com.
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