The New Year is a great time for a fresh start and a fresh outlook on life. Maybe you’d like to spend more time with family and friends, start that work-out routine you’ve been meaning to get to, or learn something new. Often we start the New Year all gung-ho and ready to commit, but after a few weeks or a couple months our determination starts to slide. I’ve experienced it myself, and I have to admit that to this day the only resolutions I’ve kept are the simpler ones. The good news: there are ways to keep yourself motivated and up to the task of completing your goals! Here are some tips to help:
Don’t set too many goals for yourself
Rather than overload yourself with resolutions and hard-to-reach expectations, try to limit your New Year’s resolutions to two or three things. Any more than that and you may find that you become exhausted and are more likely to quit. You also need to set aside time each week to achieve your goals. For example, if you want to start a work-out routine, try setting aside time three days a week and keep it consistent so that it will become routine to you.
Be accountable to someone
Tell a friend about your goals, and make a pact to encourage one another. You can check in with each other each week to talk about your goals. Being accountable to someone in this way will help keep you motivated; you will receive encouragement and be less likely to quit because you won’t want to let your friend down.
Make a list and keep it visible
On a piece of paper write down your goals with a schedule and what you hope to accomplish. This will make it feel more permanent. Put this list somewhere where it will be visible like the kitchen fridge or in your bedroom. This constant reminder will help keep you accountable.
Don’t beat yourself up
Everyone slips up once in a while, so don’t beat yourself up! If you are trying to tackle something difficult like quitting smoking, don’t let the guilt of having a cigarette here and there deter you. There may be tough days where all you can think about is having that smoke to relieve some tension. One smoke doesn’t make you a smoker again (just like having that Big Mac you’ve been craving for weeks doesn’t mean you’ve ruined your diet!).
Be your own cheerleader
Reaching any goal is a process and often the road is a bumpy one. You can make it there, you just have to believe in yourself and be your own motivator! Keep in mind what you will achieve and how good it will feel to know that you have done this for yourself. Any goal is achievable if you are determined to get there
Good luck with your resolutions. I wish you all happiness and health this coming year!
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