As the new year approaches, we all start thinking about our resolutions, things we hope to accomplish in the new year and/or things we weren’t able to do in the current year.
Popular resolutions include lose weight, exercise more, quit a bad habit, save more and the list goes on and on. Many times, these resolutions are forgotten by February, and nonetheless never accomplished and we convince ourselves that there is always next year.
Admittedly, I’m part of that flock, but I am determined to make 2017 different. This past year has been a year of learning and evolving for me in many ways and there are much more to do in 2017.
With all that in mind, I am inspired and determined in following through my goals and I hope these steps and tips will help you have the best year yet!
Tip #1: Set Specific Goals
Think about areas of your life you want to improve, but try not to be too general, really think deep. Write down your thoughts and make a quick list.From the quick list, break it down to more specific goals and how you will do it. For example, you want to lose weight, how will you do it? Do you have a membership to a gym? How many days of the week will you commit to exercise? Do you want to do more weight lifting or cardio? Be specific in want you hope to accomplish and what you think you need to do.
Tip #2: Be Realistic
It’s hard to see the finish line when you have 12 months until the next year, but long-term thinking causes us to procrastinate and in the long run, do nothing. So again, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds next year, break it down in a timeline to more short-term goals. For example, set yourself a goal of losing 5 pounds in 3 months and how you will do it. Having shorter goals helps you see progress and motivates you for the big prize!
Tip#3: Take Baby Steps
New Year resolutions often revolve on habit changing, which can be a difficult thing to break for many people. So when you are making your timeline, set yourself realistic tasks. If your goal is to lose weight and you don’t like to exercise, you probably won’t end up doing it. Instead, plan short physical activities, such as daily 20 minute walks, try it for a week or so, and then increase from there. Or if your goal is to save money, instead of buying lunch every day, dedicate your self to bringing lunch one day a week, then 2 days, then 3 and so forth. Before you know it, bringing lunch from home will seem like an easy and regular task and save that money instead!
Tip #4: See it Every Day
Make a vision or dream board of your New Year goals and hang it somewhere in your room. If you are not the creative or artsy type, write your resolutions on a dry erase or chalkboard and hang it up. Seeing it every day will remind you to not give up. After all, seeing is believing, right?
Tip #5: Track your Progress
Remember that list and timeline you carefully thought about and wrote down? Look over every month, week, 3 weeks, do whatever works for you. This is a great way to checking your accountability to your goals and to see if your original plan and timeline are not working. This way you can change and adjust it to whatever you think will work.
Don’t give up! Achieving your goals and New Year Resolution takes time and effort, you can do this. The world is yours and the possibilities are unless. The human mind is an incredible thing, we just have to train ourselves to think differently and set our minds to whatever is that you want to do.The key to making it happen is not just thinking about it or just having a list, it’s about a commitment to yourself to become a better you and saying you did it when 2018 comes around.