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bulletproof new year’s resolutions

bulletproof new year’s resolutions

Last year I did not make a list. It seemed like the right thing to do, because I could never keep the promises I made for myself and therefore every year started and ended with a glimpse of disappointment. I failed again. Not a great mindset to start a new phase with, isn’t it?

But I missed the wonderful feeling of a fresh start. While I’m making plans for the future, plans about becoming a better person, I can sense energy running through my veins. So this year I decided to think out of the box so I can make a list of New Year’s resolution that really fits me and my life situation.

Reflect

The first step was to take a look at the previous year and try to find an honest answer for the following questions:

What am I grateful for?

Which bad things turned out to be good in the end?

What am I proud of?

Wow! Look at your answers and enjoy the moment of success. You had quite a year, didn’t you?

By answering these question each of us can find the „hidden treasures” of last year. This helps us to focus on the goals which really matter and on the bright side of life, because think about it: you are not a failure! You just made a list of amazing things from last year and a list of your achievements. You already did it – sometimes without realizing it! Nobody can stop you from being amazing this year as well.

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How do you picture yourself in 10 years? You are slim, healthy and happy, right? Wiser from all of the courses you wanted to take – or something like that.

How does you look like one year from now? Hmmm… Slim, healthy and happy. Maybe you want the same thing – and you want to reach it in 12 months. We tend to be impatient with ourselves and try to accomplish all at once despite of the fact that we know our limits. The lesson I learned from this: be realistic, even when you are dreaming. And make a realistic, detailed plan.

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Plan

First of all: define and test your goals. For example let us imagine you want to have a bright career. Is it something you can achieve during this year? Not likely. But you can take the first steps toward it, you just need to specify these steps and determine which one of these you want and can carry out this year. Take that course, quit that boring job – and be proud of yourself!

The second rule is: take it slow. Literally. This way the new behavior will become a habit easily, without suffering. Take baby steps and you will reach you goal.

Detail

To have a month by month calendar for your goals and steps helps you track your results. Go into detail – as exhaustively as you can. This way you can see the small victories and at the end of the year you won’t be able to say „I failed”, you can say „I accomplished 70%” instead. Much better, right?

I made the following schedule for myself – in order to become more active:

January

  • New:
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 2×20 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible

February

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 3×20 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break

March

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 3×30 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break

April

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 2×30 minutes a week
    • TRX workout, 1×50 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • The usual

May

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 3×40 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break
    • TRX workout, 1×50 minutes a week

June

  • New:
    • Swimming, 1×50 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break
    • TRX workout, 1×50 minutes a week
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 2×40 minutes a week

At the end of June I will make a new plan for the second part of the year – based on my achievements. The planning procedure itself was already absolutely motivating, so grab a pen, experience the same exitement and start to work on improving your life 😉

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