Now that Christmas has come and gone, it is time to turn our eyes towards the New Year and what resolutions we will create for ourselves. We all do it. As soon as January 1st rolls around we vow to exercise more, spend less and be kinder to others. It is easy to get caught up in the hype of making New Year’s goals so much that we tend to set ourselves up for failure and not think about what it is we truly want to achieve this year.
So if you fall in that category of making resolutions, starting them and then eventually ditching them here are 5 ways on how to crush your goals this New Year.
One: Set realistic goals
When I sat down to set goals for myself in 2019, I decided that in order to actually achieve them I needed to be realistic. Three of the biggest goals I have set for myself in the new year include losing weight, paying off debt and becoming more organized. Instead of focusing on a goal number of weight to lose I promised myself to exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes and plan healthy meals. Similarly I set the goal to pay off at least 50 % of my debt this year. These are realistic and obtainable for me.
Setting unrealistic goals just sets you up for disappointment later on when you don’t fully meet them and often times leads to people simply giving up rather then readjusting their expectations.
Two: Know that you might fail
Failure happens. It is what makes us human. Failing does not mean that you should give up though. Knowing ahead of time that you may fail at achieving your resolutions is a good way to prepare yourself for what to do when that happens. Instead of giving up completely, brush yourself off and get back up and chase those goals. You will only thank yourself later on.
Three: Get a support system
Tell your friends, family and even your kids the goals you have set for yourself this year. Having a support system leads to better outcomes because you have people out there cheering you on and hoping you succeed. It is also a good way to gather people around you that will hold you accountable as well. You never know you might just fight a gym buddy when you share your weight loss goals with your inner circle.
Four: Celebrate the Successes
If you lose 10 pounds in your weight loss journey, celebrate that! If you pay off a bill that has been a burden on you, give yourself a pat on the back. Goals are hard to achieve if you don’t celebrate the small steps that it takes to get there. Whatever way you need to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, do it. It will only keep you motivated as time goes on.
Five: Remember these are for you!
The most important thing to remember when setting your New Year’s resolutions is that you are creating them for you. Yes, you, not anybody else. If it is not something that you are personally invested in doing for yourself then you are bound to set yourself up for failure. Don’t compare yourself or take on the goals of your family or friends. Think about what it is your truly want to achieve this year and then go after it. I know you can crush your New Year’s goals by just doing it for you!
See you in the New Year!
I think knowing and accepting that you might fail – at least initially – is a great point. The key to crushing your goals is knowing that you won’t always get where you want to go right out of the gate and understanding that failure is just a bump on the journey to success.
I love this post- especially the celebrate your successes tip, I think its so important to actually appreciate what you have achieved rather than focus on the few you haven’t managed!
Soph – https://sophhearts.com x
Danielle Wolter says
I am actually writing my 2019 goals today. Last year I met all my goals plus some, so I think I need to set loftier goals this year to prevent getting lazy. These are great tips!
Michelle Leslie says
I’m the worst when it comes to keeping my New Year’s resolutions. They normally last all of maybe two days 😀 This year I’m going to try my utmost best to keep them using your tips, especially the one about “Tell your friends and family”. They always keep me honest
These are some really awesome tips! Thanks for sharing
These are great tips for achieving your goals in the coming year. Thank you for sharing!
Everyday is a new beginning, so treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be –
This is such a great post Danielle. Thank for sharing all this tips. Happy New Year to all!
Elizabeth Keene says
These are such awesome tips, I always have to remind myself that with failure comes success. I enjoyed reading this post, dear, you did a great job writing it!
Xoxo – Elizabeth
Great tips. These guidelines could be applied to many areas in our life to help us stay the course to our goals. Best of success everyone in reaching your goals in 2019.
Rachael Eberhardt says
I am actually having the same goals but instead of paying half the debts, i hope i can i pay all of it. It’s not too big anyways, big for me though.
Tiffany Barry says
These are great tips! I think it’s so important to have realistic expectations and goals. You’re so much more likely to achieve them that way.
Jackline A says
Great tips! I also do love the one about being realistic! It’s definitely good to challenge yourself but it’s equally as important not to set yourself up for disappointment!
I like that your goal to lose weight included a plan to achieve it. That’s way better than picking a number and having no plan.
Justyna Butler says
Yes! The realistic goals is what is the most important for sure! each year it is so hard to the ones that we actually follow!
Sue-Tanya Mchorgh says
I am glad I found this post. I am in the process of writing my goals for 2019. These are some great tips for crushing goals in 2019
Jasmine Hewitt says
i never make resolutions, because by nature, they don’t stick. goals are much more achievable
I usually wait for February or March to set my yearly goals, because I’ve already set my lasts year goals until February or March, lol
Becca Wilson says
These are some really great ideas for how to slay those resolutions. I have made one big one and that is to be more present in my life instead of worrying about everything so much.
Vasu Devan says
Nice post on New Year Resolutions . What I did this year was make some resolutions in December itself and started acting upon them. I hope it passes the test!
Petite Style Beauty says
Setting goals is a must nowadays. It makes us feel more organized and having a clear focus on our minds takes us less time for uninportant things in life.
Knowing that we must fail certainly for me comes first, because it really helps to go on
sara lafountain says
thanks for sharing this inspiration! I have so many goals for 2019 and I hope to crush them all as well. Good luck to both of us.
Elizabeth O says
I love this post. So realistic about how life is going on. Thank you for sharing this post! 🙂
You are so right girl. We need to set realistic goals and celebrate every little step on our journey. Hope we will succeed
Love all these tips. I’ve never set any new years resolutions but I always have an idea in my head of what I want to achieve in the year but I think I need to set myself more goals and achieve more.
Celebrating victories is key. And this is getting me off my butt to go crush some gym time.