New Year Resolution – 3 Steps to Telling a Different Story This Year

New Year Resolution – 3 Steps to Telling a Different Story This Year

We’re getting close to the end of the year again. You’ve got a New Year resolution, but have you written it down yet?

Let’s get started! I would like to help.

So, let me give you 3 quick steps you can take this new year to make a major change in your life.

3 Steps to a More Successful New Year Resolution

It is human nature to love stories. Those we tell ourselves are the ones we love the most.

A story surrounds every change you’ve wished to make in your life. It would have already been changed if wishes just magically happened. But, they must begin with a solid plan.

It’s probably not going to be easy to do that because we want to keep our stories in a safe place in order to prevent change.

But it will be worth it if you want to begin your new year right.

Step One: Write Down Your Resolution

Changing your life begins with digging deep and putting a list together of what you wish to achieve.

Most people have at least one aspect of their lives they’d like to change in different categories, such as:

  • physical,
  • financial,
  • emotional,
  • or spiritual.

Look at each item individually once you have a few goals in each category.

What story have you been telling yourself about each of these?

Step Two: Find Your Challenge

It’s time to challenge the story you’ve been telling yourself about why you haven’t yet made the change.

Ask yourself what story you’re telling yourself about why you haven’t already started saving for retirement, if you want to save more.

Do you really not have enough discretionary money to put aside, or do you just not want to give up your fancy new car and take-out dinners?

Resolve to save during this new year’s beginning

We cannot let go of something once our mind has created a story around it. Human nature is like that.

Being honest with yourself is the first step toward making a positive change.

The example above suggests that you might be able to change your habits (such as addiction to your phone) around spending by doing things differently.

Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come. ~ Zig Ziglar

Step Three: Visualize and Rewrite the Script

Now that you’ve analyzed your stories and the behaviors they’ve created, it’s time to change those behaviors and habits by rewriting the script.

It’s there that fun and freedom reside.

Your bank statements prove that you do have enough money coming in to save more for retirement, so decide how you want to feel about saving.

Feeling overwhelmed or unable to think of any resolution for the year?

Try keeping a journal. You can also visualize. Ask yourself these two questions:

  1. What kind of retirement do you want?
  2. Would it be worth it to stop drinking that morning latte so that you can enjoy your golden years?

I know it’s not always easy to redefine your stories, but it works! Oh, listen to this audio too!

This little 3-step plan for making your new year resolution is not all-inclusive but it’s a beginning. On this site I’ve listed lots of free motivational resources to get you headed in the right direction. And remember, the more choices and changes you make this year, the better you’ll feel.