Here’s to a Happy New You!
Happy New You!
This year will come to an end in just five days. I hope you are looking ahead to 2023 with hope and enthusiasm. Even if you’re completing a challenging year, it’s natural to entertain the possibility of something better. And it’s common to start the year with several lofty resolutions. After all, it’s exciting to contemplate a life with more money, greater love, and fewer pounds. An exotic vacation sounds nice, too! Right?
Sadly, few resolutions are ever realized. Health clubs are packed with new members for a couple of weeks. Half of those new members are never seen again after two weeks, and 95% are gone within a month.
We quickly forget our resolutions, but this year can be different! A systematic approach can make all the difference. If you’ve failed to make meaningful changes to your life, you’re in luck! Here you’ll discover a simple process guaranteed to work if you’re diligent. So, where do you start?
“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” – Melody Beattie
3-Steps to a Happy New You
Step 1: Evaluate Your Life – The first step to creating a successful action plan is to evaluate your current circumstances. Then consider what works well, what you’d like to have more of, and which areas of your life cause you the most discomfort.
- Ask yourself which areas of my life would benefit me most if I were able to change them.
- Use your answers to make a list, then prioritize the list from most to least beneficial.
Step 2: Choose Areas to Enhance – Now that you have prioritized the list, you can tackle one item at a time. Don’t try to do everything at once. A big reason most of our new year resolutions fail is we try to do too much too fast. In this case, taking purposeful, precise steps is best.
“A failure to take precise and deliberate action is the reason why so many New Year’s resolutions and other goals fail.” – Jordan Ring
Step 3: Follow the Change Process – Changing your life is not an event. It is a process that requires ongoing effort to develop success habits. Moreover, your habits create your life. The little things you do consistently determine your outcomes.
To change the behaviors that will ultimately change your life, do this.
- Decide what you want.
- Create a SMART goal and write it down.
- Determine what small steps you can take daily to achieve the goal.
- Measure your progress and adjust as needed.
Cheers to the New You
Be sure to enjoy the process. We tend to focus so much on the goal that we fail to enjoy the journey and lose sight of why we wanted to achieve it in the first place.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
Set some milestones along the way. And celebrate the small victories. Have fun creating the life you desire. And remember: Just a few changes in your daily habits can bring incredible results.
2023 could be the year of a new you! Download our Happy New You Workbook and get started today.
Lisa L. Baker is a professional life coach, career strategist, and keynote speaker. Lisa is the founder of Ascentim – a Maryland-based coaching practice that utilizes a unique G.R.O.W. process to help clients gain clarity, realize new possibilities, overcome obstacles, and win at life. Lisa shows high-performing professionals how to Level Up and Live the Life of Their Dreams.