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Boost Your New Year’s Resolution Success
Most New Year’s Resolutions barely make it past January. Studies show that about 45% of Americans usually make a New Year’s Resolution; but only about 8% are actually successful in achieving their resolution, according to Statistic Brain. Luckily, there are things we can do to help improve our chances of achieving our goals including visualization, creating an action plan, utilizing a mantra and being very clear about our goals.
The Resolution: Love Yourself More
- The belief you hold that you are a valuable and worthy person. (Your Dictionary)
- The instinct or desire to promote one’s own well-being. (The Free Dictionary)
- Regard for one’s own well-being and happiness, chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic (Google).
Having a word or phrase to guide your actions throughout the year can help keep you focused on the results you want to achieve. For the resolution to “Love Yourself More,” try one of these mantras:
- I am enough.
- I feel energetic and alive.
- The only approval I need is my own.
- I accept everything that I am.
- I choose to be happy.
For some more ideas – and beautiful graphics to support your mantra – check out this article on Your Tango.
Visualization is a powerful tool for self-improvement. Create a powerful visualization of your New Year’s Resolution by grabbing your journal and a pen, and finding a quiet place to sit down and relax. Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and clear your mind. Now, close your eyes and visualize yourself as a strong, beautiful, unique individual filled with light and love.
Zoom in on your image of yourself. What do you see? What is the expression on your face? What are you wearing? Are you standing, sitting, leaning? Are your arms open or closed? Get a very detailed picture in your mind of your perfect self, full of love.
Next, quietly ask yourself, what is one step I can take now to get me closer to this vision? Then just be quiet and listen. You may not get an answer right away. And the answer may not be what you expect. It may be a color in your mind, a word, an image or a feeling. Whatever it is, take note as it may be a clue to your next action item.
Once you feel complete with your visualization, open your eyes, take out your journal and write down everything you saw, felt and heard.
Repeat this process daily. Consistently imagining yourself as you want to be will create a new “truth” in your self conscious.
It’s one thing to visualize your goals. It’s another to make a plan. But without putting your foot down and moving, you can’t achieve your goals. So, what are your action steps? Write down three things you can do this week to get your closer to your goal. Try to avoid the habit of overwhelming yourself with too many tasks. Instead, focus on 1 – 3 each week. And be easy on yourself! The quickest way to quit a resolution is to get overwhelmed and frustrated! Avoid those negatives at all cost!
For more great ways to help you with your New Year’s Resolution of Loving Yourself More, check out the below resources we found:
- Do you truly know how to love yourself? (Louise Hay)
- 21 Tips to Release Self Neglect and Love Yourself in Action (Tiny Buddha)
- 8 Steps to Truly Love Yourself (Huffington Post)
- How to Love Yourself Unconditionally (Oprah)
- How to Untangle Your Mental Knots and Truly Love Yourself (Mind Body Green)
When you are feeling challenged or like you want to quit, remember this quote:
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – J. Andrews
What is your New Year’s Resolution? Tell us in the comments.