New Year’s 2017 - Day Two
By Polly Jensen | Posted 1.2.2017
It’s the second day of your new year, have you decided what kind of year it will be for you? Or, have you named some goals or resolutions? If you’ve done either of these, then it’s time to make sure your promises to yourself really happen.
This is where it gets hard. It’s easy to decide on something, it’s a lot harder to make that something happen. Whether it’s physical fitness or finding a new romance, everything takes a plan. You have an idea for the year-ahead but without a plan, it won’t happen. You’ll need a plan and once you have a plan, you’ll need to take action.
Here’s where lists come in. What actions of yours will make your year-ahead, your goals or resolutions happen? Open a memo page on your phone or take out a blank piece of paper. Write down everything you might do to make your goal happen – what steps do you need to take to make it happen? Write for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, an hour. Write til you’ve uncovered all the ways you can bring your goal to life.
If you are thinking fitness, you might list your favorite ways to exercise, the time of day you like to exercise, how much time it takes to do your favorite exercises and how many days a week you want to work -out. You might even make an exercise calendar for the next two weeks. Could be you’ll want to add a few nutrition ideas. Write out every action you can think of that will improve your fitness.
Don’t forget to plan for your lazy days, the ones where you don’t want to make the effort. Before you even start, have a plan for inner resistance, the desire to chuck the whole idea. Figure out what will make you get to work and get you to your goal.
If you’d like to meet a romantic partner in the year ahead, remember that organizations are a great way to meet new people. Add friends who like to fix people up to your list.
While making the list, don’t forget to plan your conversations with new people. That’s right, if you join a sailing club for their great single’s events, will your conversation include sailing stories? If you ask a film-buff for fix-up suggestions, be prepared for the possibility of meeting others who love the cinema. Write down all the actions you could take that would lead to meeting a possible romantic partner and include the dialog. Build your plan for your success.
It takes planning and then action. Once you’ve made your plan, then you’ll put that plan into action. Today, on the second day of the year, write your plan describing the actions you will take to make the year-ahead the one you choose it to be.