It’s time, people. We’ve all made our resolutions and now we have to figure out how to follow through. Here are a couple of tips to boost success. I don’t have pictures that illustrate these ideas so I just used some pretty photos from my gallery. I think it works.

 

1) Make sure it is something you really want. Life is too short to take on projects with no passion. Only set you really want to fulfill.

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2) Tell the world. Nowadays it is so easy to broadcast your intentions, and that helps keep you accountable. And accountability is key for goal fulfillment.

 

A little too much perspective.

A little too much perspective.

 

3) Have a plan. One of my resolutions is to keep up on the laundry. What? I just told you to make sure your resolution is something you want to do and I for sure do not want to do laundry. Or it would be done by now. I do however want to reap the benefits of having my laundry done and put away versus piled up all over my house.

“Keep up on laundry” sounds so easy and doable, and for sure, it is not rocket science. But it is more complicated than breathing in and out, so it requires some thought and planning. Same with “Exercise more”, “Drink more water”, “Be more mindful”. How will I make this happen? One load every day? Once a week, all laundry, all day? I am still working this plan out so I will let you know.

 

Rainy day on Bourbon St.

Rainy day on Bourbon St.

 

4) Be realistic. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. Don’t set yourself up for failure. You are not going to become fluent in Spanish this year, unless you move to Mexico and don’t have a choice. Sorry to have to break it to you. You can set a goal to “Take a Spanish Class”, or “Learn 10 Helpful Phrases in Spanish”.

 

Beautiful downtown San Diego, from the bridge

Beautiful downtown San Diego, from the bridge

 

5) Make it enjoyable. I always like to put some fun challenges on my list, and that is totally legit. Last year I set a goal to enter a project into the SD County Fair, and I actually won a ribbon. This year I want to sing Karaoke.

 

Sparkly ring

Sparkly ring

 

6) Things change, your intentions may change, and that is ok. It is important to set goals. It is just as important to know what goals are worth your time. You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

Tweet: Move forward and make progress. That is the point. via @redscorpiomade  Move forward and make progress. That is the point.

 

Need some help with goal fulfillment? You might want to check out my super cool planner, available in my Etsy shop.