Turning Resolutions into Actions: Making a difference in 2020!
It’s often said that hindsight is always seen with 20-20 vision. Well, the year 2020 is upon us, and what better way to start the year then to really turn resolutions and intentions into actions! The turn of a new decade is always a time for reflection, but gives us an excellent opportunity to really start turning the wheels of change in our lives!
So, a new decade – could this be an opportunity for some exciting changes in your life? As it’s said, there’s good deeds and good intentions. So how do we shift from reactive changes to proactive actions? Let’s investigate what you can do to make a difference in your world in 2020!
1. Goal Setting!
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? It’s so important to have clear goals with clear, measurable outcomes so you know what you’re trying to achieve.
You may have heard about ‘SMART’ goals: Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Realistic/relevant; Timeframes. These are great parameters or guides to put around your goals to help keep you on track.
So instead of having a goal like ‘I want to lose weight’, we change it into a SMART goal so we know what, and how the goal actually looks like. For example, ‘I want to lose weight’ would actually be spelled out something like this:
“I am going to lose 10kg by the 31st October by making healthy lifestyle choices with my food, going to the gym twice a week and practicing 20 minutes of yoga each morning.”
- Specific: lose weight
- Measurable: 10 kilograms (or 1 kg per month)
- Attainable: It is possible to loose 1kg per month
- Realistic: It is realistic to get rid of 1kg per month and also to hit the gym twice a week and a 20 min of yoga every day.
- Timeframes: 10 months (31st of October)
Another important aspect to writing goals is to get the Goal as a commitment using ‘I’: “I am”, “I will”, etc.
As you can see, a SMART goal really changes a ‘resolution’ into an action, and helps you make the goal more realistic and attainable!
2. Write Your Vision
What do you want your life to look like in one, three, five, even 10 years time? Be specific and write down what you want your life to look like. Similar to our goals, our vision needs to be specific. Think about what is really important in your life – the relationships you want, or want to move on from. Where you live, work, your lifestyle.
Your vision is your underlying motivation that brings specific actions! It helps you focus on what’s important to you. Keep your vision close to you – beside your bed, in your diary or on your fridge. Many people find it super helpful to use it as their guide to keep them on track with making decisions – what invitations to accept, how to use money, where to holiday etc.
Remember – keep your vision visible!
3. Reflection & Introspection
What is reflection? Reflection is a conscious, powerful activity that gives you permission to be both honest and kind to yourself. In our busy lives it’s easy to forget to reflect, but it’s a powerful tool to make sure we are following our consciousness, being intentional, being honest with ourselves and helps us improve in the future. When was the last time you practiced conscious reflection?
I really want to encourage you to carve out some time to do this – even over a few days. With pen and paper, write down your reflections. What have you done well? What would you like to do better? How did you find you reacted when faced with certain pressures – did you like how you reacted? What, and who are you grateful for? What decisions did you make that, on reflection, you’d make differently? How can you avoid falling into negative mindsets, patterns, relationships or lifestyles now that you’ve taken some serious time to reflect on yourself?
You’ll be amazed at how powerful reflection can be, once you give yourself time, permission, kindness and honesty with yourself.
4. Create a Vision Board
We looked earlier about writing your vision, but a Vision Board is another powerful tool to help you create the life you want. What is a Vision Board? It’s simply a group of pictures, words, inspiration and thoughts specific to you. It helps you visualize what is important to you. To put it into perspective, to help you focus and drive you forward. Social media platforms like Pinterest is perfect for ideas for your Vision Board!
You know, you are in an excellent time in your life to make the changes that you want to see in your life. Yes, it’s up to you but you can be the change that you want to see in your own world! Ultimately, you’ve only got control over one person – yourself. So as we enter 2020, why not really focus on yourself, your world and look at where you’ve been, where you’re at now and where you want to be in the future!
I hope you have a wonderful, blessed year!
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