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!