The Secret Sauce to Sticking with New Year’s Resolutions

Ah, New Year’s resolutions – those pesky promises we make to ourselves under the glittering fireworks, only to find them gathering dust by February. But what if I told you the secret to keeping these resolutions isn’t just about sheer willpower or buying a fancy planner? It’s about understanding your core values. Yes, those deep, often unspoken beliefs that guide your decisions and shape your life. 

The What and Why of Values 

Think of core values as your internal compass. They’re the North Star guiding your ship through the stormy seas of life’s choices and challenges. When your goals align with your values, it’s like having a turbo boost in a video game – everything just clicks. 

But why are they important? Because they give your goals meaning. It’s one thing to say, “I want to get fit,” but it’s another to say, “I value health and vitality because it allows me to play with my kids without huffing and puffing like a vintage steam train.” 

Spotting Your Values 

So how do you spot these elusive values? They’re like ninjas, often operating in the background. Here’s a tip: look at the choices you’ve made in your life. Picked a demanding job? Maybe achievement is a value. Always planning the next family gathering? Perhaps connection is your thing. 

Values in Action: Real-Life Examples 

Let’s talk real-life examples. Sarah’s Story: Balancing Career and Lifestyle Meet Sarah, a top-level executive with a keen eye for balancing her demanding career and her love for an enriching lifestyle. She values lifestyle, which for her means not just achieving success in the boardroom but also enjoying the finer things in life – be it a spontaneous luxury getaway or a serene evening at a high-end yoga retreat. This year, she’s resolved to blend her work achievements with more lifestyle experiences. She’s planning quarterly retreats that combine networking with relaxation, ensuring she stays on top of her professional game while also nurturing her well-being and personal passions. Lifestyle for Sarah is about the art of blending professional success with personal enrichment. 

Mike’s Scenario: Entrepreneur Embracing Family Now, let’s talk about Mike, an entrepreneur whose heart is set on family. For Mike, the value of family transcends beyond the traditional notion of spending time at home. He’s integrating this value into his entrepreneurial endeavors. His resolution? To create a family-friendly business venture. Mike is exploring ideas like a startup that offers flexible working hours for parents, or a community-based project that involves his family and others in meaningful ways. His aim is to foster a business environment where family values are at the core, ensuring that his professional success contributes to and enriches his family life. 

Overcoming the Obstacles 

But let’s be real – life’s not all rainbows and butterflies. You’ll face challenges. The key is to use your values as a shield. Feeling demotivated? Remind yourself why your goal matters to your core values. Peer pressure? Your values are your armor against the “shoulds” and “musts” of others. 

Strategies for Success 

  1. Value-Based Goal Setting: Start with your values, then set your goals. It’s like building a house with a solid foundation. 
  2. The Vision Board: Create a visual representation of your values and goals. Get creative – use pictures, quotes, whatever sparks joy. 
  3. Regular Check-Ins: Schedule time to reflect on your progress. Are your actions lining up with your values? Adjust as needed. 
  4. Find a Values Buddy: Team up with someone who shares your values. It’s like having a workout buddy, but for life goals. 
  5. Celebrate the Small Wins: Got through a week of your new habit? Celebrate! Small victories add up to big changes. 

Wrapping It Up 

In conclusion, your core values are the secret ingredient to making and keeping resolutions. They transform goals from mundane tasks to meaningful pursuits. So, this year, instead of making a laundry list of resolutions, take a moment to reflect on your values. It might just turn those New Year’s resolutions from fleeting wishes into lasting changes. 

Remember, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about being true to what matters to you. Now go out there and conquer those resolutions like a boss!  

In our next blog we will have our step by step process to work out what your values are. 

Book Your “Understand Session” with Us 

At the end of this enlightening blog, if you’re feeling inspired to delve deeper into understanding who you are, what you value, and what challenges and goals you have, we’re here for you.  

We invite you to book an “Understand Session” with us. In this session, we’ll create a space for you to explore more about yourself, uncover your deepest values, and align them with what you wish to achieve. It’s more than just a conversation; it’s a journey into the heart of your aspirations and challenges. 

During the “Understand Session,” we’ll collaboratively work to: 

– Learn more about who you are: Uncover the unique aspects that define you. 

– Discover what you value: Identify what truly matters to you and how it shapes your life. 

– Understand your challenges: Recognise the obstacles that may be hindering your progress. 

– Define your goals: Clarify what you want to achieve for a more focused and fulfilling path forward. 

This session is an opportunity for us to connect with you on a deeper level, offering personalised insights and strategies tailored to your individual journey.   To schedule your “Understand Session,” please click here to our booking system. We’re excited to be a part of your journey to self-discovery and success! 

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and found it useful. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, we would love to hear from you and learn from you.  

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January 12, 2024