First up, Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and a great start to 2017.
Of course, this is the traditional time of year to make, then break, resolutions.
Making resolutions works for some, but usually, before long there’s a lapse in self-discipline and the resolution falls by the wayside.
Here’s another approach you might like to try that works a lot better than resolutions – make ‘a monthly declaration’.
In other words, at the start of each month, you make a declaration about something you want to have achieved by the end of that month. It could be the completion of a project (or part of a project), it could be abstaining from something, it could be resolving a matter… it’s up to you.
The reason why this approach might work better is two-fold. First, the timeframe is defined. This adds urgency if something needs to be done, and finality if something is being put off. Second, if you slip up, you can recommit next month, rather than having to wait until next year.
Why not give it a try – make a declaration now for January. Be sure to add accountability by writing it down and then reading it aloud first thing each and every morning.
Do it every month, and by the time the year ends you will have accomplished at least twelve new things, and that will help you to make 2017 a great year of personal progress.