Year after year, I make these “New Years Resolutions” and feel super motivated. I usually make it through January, but once February hits, I just stop working on those goals I made. I know this has happened to so many of us, but this year is going to be different! I’m going to give you guys some helpful tips to stick to your New Years goals this year.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
1. Have Smaller Goals for One Big Goal
It’s a common mistake most people make to try to do too much too soon. Sometimes it’s fitness related and they go too hard or fast on the first day and burn themselves out before they could even enjoy the benefits of fitness. Sometimes it’s to quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey and thinking it will be successful. This year will be different. Instead of making such large, unrealistic goals, focus on smaller ones first. Here’s some examples!
- Smoke one less cigarette a day
- Drink one extra glass of water every day for 30 days
- Do 10 minutes of stretching every morning or every other day
- Say one nice thing to someone every day for 30 days
- Call mom every Monday and Friday for 30 days
Keeping short term goals is a great way to get you into the habit of making new goals. Plus, being able to successfully achieve a goal will keep you very motivated! Eventually you’ll get the major goal, like quitting cigarettes, completed!
2. Write it Down Somewhere Permanent
I am a strong believer in writing everything down. I mean, I did just write a blog post about supplies to start a bullet journal. It’s important to write these down somewhere where you will see them often, such as a journal you use, a vision board, or even the Notes app on your phone. Before I got my bullet journal, I wrote all my resolutions in the app on my phone and it actually did help me remember the goals and work on them more than I ever have.
If you’re thinking about getting a bullet journal I seriously recommend this one from Amazon. I just bought it myself and I’m so excited! I got mine in blue! I will be posting a blog post soon on some pages of my bullet journal to give you some ideas on what to do!
3. Are You Actually Going to do it?
The first question you need to ask yourself is “Am I actually going to do it?”. Everyone wants to “be kinder”, but does it really warrant a “goal” for the new year? This goes back to my first point of keeping goals simple and small. Are you really going to “judge less”? I know we all want to “travel more” but think about a way to make these more realistic. Perhaps a specific state or location around the world and make that one place your goal. Just writing “travel more” will not really give you the motivation and tools you need to actually succeed on that goal.
Last year I wrote down “have less anxiety” like writing it down will just miraculously make me have less anxiety or I would know what level of anxiety I have and that it has decreased. It’s unrealistic and I should have written down something like “do a daily mood tracker for 30 days to see how your anxiety has shifted”. I should have written down methods to help me cope with my anxiety better that I could practice for the new year (such as going to therapy).
4. Gather a Support System
You know that saying people say on the internet? “If you didn’t post it, did it actually happen?” While it’s technically used in a mocking tone, I do believe there is some truth to it. As a species, it’s clear we strive from accountability and the idea that others have expectations from us. This will be especially beneficial when you’re setting new goals for the year.
Let’s say you want to run a 5K as your New Years goal. This would be a great time to start following running accounts on Instagram, pinning running programs on Pinterest, and joining your local running group on Facebook. If you start to involve yourself in the community you’re trying to be a part of, you’re more likely to stick with a routine knowing you have the support from others as well as their expectations from you.
Don’t use social media? That’s okay! Tell a friend what your goal is and just ask them to check in on you every so often. Find a friend who has a similar goal and then you can have daily discussions on it! It’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people. If you were trying to quit smoking, would you continue to spend all of your time surrounded by people that do it too, or would you try to remove yourself from that environment to keep yourself accountable and motivated?
5. Reflect on How Far You’ve Come
It’s so easy to look ahead and only see everything left to do. It can make you feel overwhelmed and cause you to lose motivation to continue. Instead of looking at how far you have left to go, turn around and look at how far you’ve come. We are constantly living in the future and just focusing on the end goal, but not really appreciating the journey we are going through to get there.
Doing this will make you realize how much work you’ve put into something, and that you need to keep going or it would have been for nothing. Why stop now when you’re so far up the mountain? Focus on the present and how much better you’re feeling or how much you’ve accomplished even if it wasn’t a major goal off your list. Everything we do is important and we need to be more aware. Life is beautiful and we should appreciate every step we take in it.
The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.
Whether you have a list of small goals already or had a large lifestyle-changing goal in mind, you WILL accomplish it this year. We just need to supply ourselves with the tools to keep us motivated and accountable.
What are some of your ways to stay motivated with your goals? Let me know in the comments! I always reply back! 🙂
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