Instead of making resolutions in the New Year that for some reason always seem to fizzle out; consider making S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
Implement the following S.M.A.R.T. criteria and you are sure to set yourself up for success no matter what your trying to achieve in 2017.
SPECIFIC- The more specific your description, the bigger the chance you'll get exactly that. Some things you may want to ask yourself; What? Where? How? With Who? When? And possibly the most important Why?
MEASURABLE- Breaking your goals down into measurable elements. Giving you concrete evidence along the way allowing you to see your progress or adjust as needed. How will you measure your progress?
ATTAINABLE- Honestly evaluate if the goal is attainable for you. If you don't have the time, money or talent to reach a certain goal you'll certainly fail and be miserable. That doesn't mean that you can't take something that seems impossible and make it happen by planning smartly and going for it! JUST BE HONEST!
RELEVENT- Does your goal fit your life, your personality? Make sure it is relevant to who you are and no one else. The main questions, why do you want to reach this goal? What is the objective behind the goal, and what will this goal really achieve for you?
TIMELY- Make everything tentative. Give yourself deadlines that are realistic and flexible. This will allow you to hold yourself accountable to reaching your goals but also give yourself room for speed bumps.
Create a worksheet like this one to get started on outlining your S.M.A.R.T. Goals!!