Have you answered the question,
“What is my vision for life?”
“What kind of person am I called to be?” “What legacy of service am I called to give?”
If you have, you are more likely to fulfill resolutions.
You can increase clarity on your vision as well as improve internalization of important goals and desired habits if you write a description of your desired results–and read the priorities daily.
You can do better if you visualize thinking and doing what is required as you read the vision statement.
You will do even better if you write “why ” this goal is important and “what” you could do to succeed, and then “decide” if the time and energy required to succeed at new results is worth your “resolution” to change priorities and habits, which usually requires spending less time on less important things so you can invest time and energy on higher callings.
You decide what works for you: start small or start big. At least, you can tackle something small to improve your life and move you toward better habits and results.
One of the Top 5 Resolutions is for the Physical Area of Life, often “get in shape” or “lose weight” or “stop smoking.” Whether your action is taking stairs instead of elevators or walking around the block after dinner or doing a rigorous 7-minute fitness routine, or something more or different, have the courage and commitment of Helen Keller. Some can decide and get it done. Others need accountability partners. Both work. You decide on what you need and get this one done.
Write your vision, at least a page of what’s important and inspiring to you. Read your list or description daily as a habit and when you feel off track. Post it on a mirror or another special place. You can put photos of those affected if you succeed–or if you don’t–to inspire positive action or hold you accountable.
The point is to have a written vision. Do it for yourself. Do it to set an example for others around you.
This requires thinking and writing instead of periodic “wish list thinking.” You can do it in minutes per day–1% of your time resolved for planning your vision is about 10-15 minutes. The results will likely include more inspiration, getting more done in less time, and realization that planning priorities helps you live the life you are called to lead at a higher level, closer to your best-self.
May you Plan and Lead your Life, David