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Grandeur goals can be difficult to obtain, so it is important to make a success plan along with your resolution.

“New year, new me” is not an uncommon mindset to have around the new year. While having a growth mindset is great, change does not happen overnight. Creating manageable, goal-oriented resolutions will set you up for achieving those resolutions in 2022. Here are some tips from the Rescue Time Blog about setting up your resolutions for success:

  1. Remember the power of SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By defining each part of SMART, you are creating a system of how you plan on achieving your overarching goal. It is important to re-visit your spelled out SMART goal every month to make sure you are still on track to complete it or adjust as needed.
  2. Track your progress! Big changes don’t happen overnight, so it is important to track your progress and celebrate the small steps you’re taking. It can also help you stay committed to your goal and form that goal into a habit. You can track progress a variety of ways, like using a calendar or creating an accountability group with friends.
  3. Meaningful goals are the ones that stick. You are more likely to form habits and stick with your resolution if it aligns with your core values or are something that you care about. Ask yourself why you want to achieve that goal. If you want to go even deeper, you can use the 5 Whys method where you ask “why?” you want to achieve your goal and then use that answer as the basis for the next question. This assures your resolution is personal and something you care about which will make it easier to stick with.
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There is still a possibility of falling off the wagon after all the time and consideration put into your resolution. It is important to remember that it is okay! It’s better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all. Plus, one study suggests those who create New Year’s resolutions are ten times as likely to actually change their behaviors than those who don’t. Just remember to learn from past mistakes, use positive self-talk, and jump back on that wagon when you’re ready!

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