How to make resolutions you can keep

‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.’  Jimmy Dean

Creating legacy and making resolutions

Creating legacy is very much connected to the resolutions you make for your everyday life. If you want to create legacy, you’ve got to learn how to meet resolutions you can actually keep – big things are accomplished one little bit at a time.

It is important that you set yourself targets for your everyday work on creating legacy. Otherwise, the things you dream about will never happen. Working on them little by little, through resolutions you endeavour to keep day by day, is much more important than ‘binging’ on legacy actions and then forgetting about creating legacy for months.

How to keep your resolutions

If you want to make sure you keep your resolutions, then it is fatal to set too large a target. Otherwise sooner or later a day will come when the thought of doing it that day will be too much for you.

For example, let’s say you want to get into the habit of jogging. Don’t set yourself the target of running for two miles every morning, because there will definitely come a day when it is pelting down with rain and nothing is going to get you out into the bad weather.

Your target should be to get outside your front door wearing your jogging kit. Once you have got that far, you will probably go for a run. There may be some days when you will turn right round and go back indoors, but even then you will have reached your target.

The same thing applies to writing a book, a very common type of legacy project. Firstly, it is important that you work on the book every day. And secondly, you should set yourself only modest targets for each day.

Successful children’s author Kate DiCamillo, for example, has a target of two pages a day. Even when things are going well, she sticks to her two pages. By reaching her target and not going beyond it, she ensures she never runs out of steam – instead, she creates legacy every day, at a steady pace.

What are your thoughts?

How do you go about setting goals? Do you have any strategies that might help with goals that relate to creating legacy? I’d love to read your ideas in the comments section.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com