2017 is literally right around the corner. I know that for some of you 2016 was an amazing year, for others you may just want it to be over. For some reason, the new year is a fresh start, a clean slate. In many ways it can be and is a great motivation. However, we should continue to strive and to improve on daily basis and not just have a set of goals once a year. Yes, creating goals for ourselves is great but we should be doing that all the time.
Here are my top tips for keeping up with your new years resolutions, no matter what they are.
- Be realistic, don’t bite off something you can’t chew.
“I want to lose 20 pounds in a week” is not realistic. Additionally even if you are successful, it may end up creating more harm than good. That is a whole other topic in itself. I’m gonna go back to the whole “SMART” goals because they are quite helpful. Smart goals stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. For more information about how to create SMART goals, take a look here. The site breaks down each criteria, describing it very well and makes it simple.
- Set shared goals with others, or create a challenge with friends or family.
Holding yourself accountable can be very difficult. As a result, if you have created resolutions, share them with family or friends. Better yet, create mutual or shared goals that you can reach together. Not only can you motivate one another but a little healthy competition won’t hurt and can be lots of fun. Have a great prize at the end for whomever achieves the goal or reaches the goal first.
- Goals are not static but can be changed.
Life happens, so for whatever reason, goals may not be applicable anymore. As a result, don’t just let it go and forget about it, change it and make it relevant and still SMART. Similarly, if your goals were not achieved, don’t let it just bring you down and call it quits. Modify them or give yourself a more realistic timeline perhaps.
- It is about the journey and not the destination.
Yes, it is great to cross that finish line and reach that carrot that has been dangling in front of you for ages. But once you achieve it, then what? You can’t just go back to the way things were and back to your old habits. Instead the journey continues, a new chapter if you would like. So when you are at a crossroads and just feeling defeated, think about how far you have come. Think about when you started and what it was like then compared to now. It is okay to have a few slip ups, we are not perfect. It is a journey after all.
- Lastly: Be patient!
This ties in everything together. As much as we want to believe in magic… things just does not come that easy. If it did, then new year’s resolutions probably wouldn’t exist. Progress is different and can look different not only between individuals, but within ourselves. Initially it could be slow, or it could be quick. It can then plateau or grow exponentially. Regardless, any lifestyle change takes time, so as painful as it may be, trust yourself, trust in the progress and trust in the journey.
I hope that was helpful for you and made you think about things more broadly. I would love to hear what goals or resolutions you have for the new year. As always I’m here if you have questions or need any support, just give me a shout!
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the last few days of 2016!
2017 here we come!