elsie green plan your resolutions
One of the many things that makes Elsie Green a nice place to work -- we all possess a growth mindset.  We're always reading new books, learning new skills, and challenging ourselves in new ways.  Around October we start talking about our resolutions for the next year and share them with each other.

As the year draws to a close, the tradition of setting New Year's resolutions becomes my main focus. However, the key to success lies not just in the resolution itself, but in the thoughtful planning that precedes it. Grab a coffee and read through how I plan out my resolutions and how I make sure I'll accomplish them. 

elsie green on the blog etcetera planning your new years resolution and how to stick to them

  1. Reflect on the past year: Start by reflecting on the past year. What were your achievements, challenges, and moments of growth? Understanding where you've been gives you a glimpse of where you want to go. 

  2. Set realistic and very specific goals: Avoid the trap of vague resolutions. Instead, set clear, specific, and realistic goals. Break down larger objectives into smaller, manageable steps, making the path to success more attainable. Whether it's health, career, or personal development, specificity enhances focus and commitment. I am very numbers driven so I add a number into any of my goals (i.e. read 100 books this year). 

  3. Prioritize your resolutions: It's easy to get carried away with a laundry list of resolutions. The best advice I ever received was to pick only one goal and really commit to it. It's easy to get overwhelmed or distracted when you have a long list of things you want to do. 

  4. Create an actionable plan: Transform your resolutions into actionable plans. Define the steps required to achieve each goal and establish a timeline. Whether it's a monthly, quarterly, or bi-annual plan, having a roadmap provides structure and motivation. Regularly revisit and adjust your plan as needed to stay on track. It is so satisfying to me to check things off on a list or mark off a day on a calendar. 

  5. Seek accountability and support: Share your resolutions with friends, family, or a supportive community. Share your progress, celebrate achievements, and lean on your support network when needed. I post on my instagram feed to keep myself accountable. This inevitably opens up conversations with other like minded people and those petite talks really keep me motivated.

  6. Embrace flexibility: Life is a rollercoaster, and unforeseen circumstances will of course pop up. Embrace flexibility in your resolutions. Be open to adjusting your goals and strategies, recognizing that adaptability is a key factor in long-term success. Being rigid in my goal never serves me. If I planned on reading 100 books but am only at 70, I still read 70 books which is incredible! Don't make your goals or resolutions so black and white that they are no longer fun. 

As you gear up for the upcoming year, remember that the journey toward achieving your New Year's resolutions is as significant as the destination. By reflecting, setting realistic goals, prioritizing, planning, seeking support, and embracing flexibility, you'll not only enhance the likelihood of success but also embark on a transformative and fulfilling journey of personal growth.

Happy changing! 

December 22, 2023 — Kelsey Schmidt