Just like that, another year has flown by. All the buzz surrounding the holidays is fading and it’s time to switch gears and think about the future. For many of us, the reflection that happens this time of year inspires a hunger for change. So we dive head-first into list after list of resolutions, hoping the transition to a new year is enough of a spark to stay motivated. But it takes more than a calendar event to accomplish anything meaningful in life. If you rely on seasonal circumstances to fuel your drive for success, anything you try to do differently will inevitably falter as time goes by. The key to following through on New Year’s resolutions is having the right attitude. More specifically, build your resolutions on an attitude of determination. Choose to be bold. Choose to be focused. Choose to do whatever it takes to become the person you want to be whether it’s January, June or December. Here are four ways to ensure that this is the last time you’ll make the same New Year’s resolution twice:

Do it for You:
Drawing inspiration from the need to please other people will make your resolutions cosmetic. This means you’ll be more likely to abandon your resolutions in the absence of praise or recognition for your efforts. The most important validation you need in order to maintain good habits, is your own.

Use Momentum:
They say one good decision leads to another. Use this principle to transcend the limits of your original resolutions. Every instance of positive change can be used as a catapult to accomplish even more desirable goals. For example, if your resolution to workout sends you to a new gym, use this environment to network and make new friends. If your resolution to eat healthy sends you grocery shopping instead of dining out, use this as an opportunity to save some cash by shopping at economical grocers. The possibilities are endless if you multitask a little bit and think outside the box.

Be Realistic:
Change takes time. This is especially true when trying to eliminate bad habits. Instead of overwhelming yourself by trying to achieve impossible expectations, take every course of action gradually. Give yourself some time to work, and room to breathe. Don’t assume that you won’t face any setbacks along the way. It’s important to be able to bounce back from any challenges you face while fulfilling your resolutions.

Just Go for It:
Making plans is easy. However, plans will never amount to anything if you hesitate to act on them. Don’t be afraid to go through with your intentions. Even if things don’t work out, it’s still an opportunity to test your abilities and learn something new. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose from trying to better yourself. So do it.

The New Year is an exciting time. It’s the perfect occasion to seize the day and embrace optimism. It’s the perfect chance to reinvent yourself and do something about the problems that typically drag you down in life. No matter what, do what you can to ensure that any resolutions you make end up as success stories instead of pipe dreams – the power is within you. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.