Focusing on the Positives of our Resolutions

goals health mindset selflove Dec 19, 2022

So, we’re in December and another year just passed right in front of our eyes. In some cases, we set resolutions at the beginning of the year, and by June or July, we realize we haven't reached our goals. Then we approach the end of the year, and you’re probably feeling motivated again and ready to set new goals for the upcoming year.

If this scenario seems familiar to you, then keep reading. 

We’ve discussed what we did wrong with our resolutions and how we can manage to avoid that. But one key thing is to also focus on the positive; on what worked well and how to embrace that. By focusing on the positive and reflecting on the things that you’ve accomplished this past year, it’s more likely that you'll find the strength and motivation to keep working and achieving what you’re setting your mind to for next year.

How to accomplish this?

Before you start planning out next year’s resolutions, you should sit down and take at least 20 minutes of your time to answer these questions. Journal your answers and see what comes out of them. Then take those thoughts and turn them into resolutions for the following year. Since you already managed to achieve them before, it won't be difficult for you to accomplish the same positive effort next year; it will even help you remain disciplined and consistent.

What surprised you this past year? 

What happened that you didn’t expect and had a positive impact on your life? Maybe it’s someone or something that appeared out of the blue and helped you with something you were struggling with. Or maybe you managed to achieve a goal you didn’t expect and you did it beautifully. Whatever it is, make sure you write it down.

Ask yourself what worked this past year. What goals did you actually hit?

It’s very common to limit our perspective and focus only on the negative. You might not have lost those 5 pounds yet, but you might have started a healthier lifestyle already, so focus on that. You could also ask yourself how you solved some of the problems you faced this past year. I’m sure you encountered a series of obstacles, and you managed to overcome them, so feel proud of yourself instead of bringing your mood down. 

What are you grateful for? 

This is critical; I’ve found that practicing gratitude every day can help you get mental clarity and keep you motivated for any step you take. It keeps positive energy flowing in your life, and eventually, that translates into becoming a better version of yourself.

If you find this helpful, make sure you keep these tips handy. This will ensure you’re staying on track for the end of this year and for the beginning of the next one.



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