The secret to sticking to your resolutions

January 9, 2015

"how to stick to your resolutions"

Each year I make some resolutions (or goals which is the word I prefer) either for my work or perosnal life or most often for both.  But in all honesty, come March/April they are long forgotten and or at least I haven’t stuck to them.  This year I want things to be different.  There are of course changes I want to make but I need to find a way to stick to them.  When I started thinking about this last week and wondering how I could be better at sticking to my goals, it suddenly hit me as to where I was going wrong.  In the past I’ve sat down and made a general list (either on paper or in my head) of big changes I want to make, without much thought given to how I was going to make these changes.  After a while these changes can start to feel overwhelming and I would mostly end up not pursuing them at all.

One of my goals for this blog is to mix the content up a bit more.  While I don’t plan to stop featuring gorgeous kids stuff, I want to add more DIY, recipes, personal family experiences, my own styled shoots etc.  This can feel like a big task (especially with a huge house renovation project coming up and my new shop to add to my normal workload) because creating more of my own content will take time.  As an example, an idea for one post struck me today.  In the past this idea would have been added to a list, I would have tried to plan how I’m going to do this along with other stuff over the course of the year, where I’ll find time, trying to put a list of ideas together for the year – no more. I took the simple step of emailing the brand that I wanted to collaborate with and that’s it for today.  When (and if) they come back to me, I shall take the next little step.  It might seem like the obvious thing to do but I know that I definitely wasn’t doing it right in the past.

So this year my resolutions don’t look anything like big, huge things to accomplish.  Instead I have a rough idea of the big picture in my head but that is not my focus at all.  My focus is doing at least one small thing each day that will over the period of the year, add up to my big goals.  I am not going spend time thinking about the big end goal but all I want to think about is what is that one little thing I can do today.  That’s it – just one small step every day.

After one year I shall see if this little daily method works for me or not.  Have you made goals for the year? Do you usually stick to them?  If you do, I’d love to hear how you manage to make it happen. Maybe you already do one small thing each day?

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  • Honest Mum

    Love this and you are spot on, small steps create huge change. You know it’s exactly how I work, I just go for things and the smallest of emails both ways and tweets-simply reaching out to others and being open has created some huge on-going lasting relationships. They all started with the tiniest of gestures. You write what you love and a like-minded audience finds you.

    I love it when you mix up your posts, you are your own editor and that’s the beauty of blogging, you’re in control of content. Everything you do is done so in your voice, it reflects your personality and passions and resonates. Here’s to the most of amazing of years darling, you are fabulous, remember that x

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you for your lovely words. Yes, that is absolutely the way forward – one thing each day to get closer to the bigger goals. 2015 is going to be a great year for all of us x

  • thefolia

    Cheers to a brand new year!

  • Uju

    Fab post and that really is the secret to making things happen. One small step every day, after all that’s what turned most if us into confident walkers 😉

    For the last few years I’ve had either a one word resolution (first wrote about this in 2011) or a theme. I’ve going both these helpful in shaping the course of my year without getting too bogged down in certain milestones I’m not hitting. I’m tempted to turn one of my themes into the 2015 resolution as indeed it’s a life theme and helped me see big changes the year I made it.

    You’ve achieved so much with this blog and your business so far, excited to see how it grows! Happy 2015!

    • ebabee likes

      I look forward to hearing more about your theme for 2015 – I’m sure it will be inspiring for all of us. I can’t wait to get creating this year and building on what I have. Here’s to an amazing 2015 for all of us x

  • International Elf Service

    I think it’s a great idea – everyone has so much to share and so many experiences. The amount of brilliant ‘random’ information I gain from blogs, friends, family is just so useful and interesting. people aren’t like shops. We don’t specialise in one thing but have interests and experiences and qualifications and know someone who knows… I personally am all for hearing everything from everyone!

    • ebabee likes

      Thanks for the positive feedback and I couldn’t agree more. It feels right to expand my content a bit more so that is what I hope to do this year. And as you say we are all multi-dimensional. Besides I quite like the idea of creating a nice mix so my readers never know what they will get each day.

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