The New Year brings a new beginning. Many of us will set goals for the year and most of us will not stick to them. It is easy to feel motivated in the beginning and over the course of a couple weeks that motivation fades and you can feel like you are back to square one.
Keeping yourself in line with your goals can be a challenge. Have no fear, you are not alone! Here are a couple of ways to create goals that will keep yourself motivated throughout the year. They will be helpful when you feel like you are starting to fall off the wagon.
- Give Your Goals Purpose: When you set a New Year’s goal or resolution, write it down and add in the reasons for that goal or resolution. Think of why you are setting that goal and what is motivating you in the first place. Keep a list of these reasons for when you aren’t feeling so motivated so you can look back at what motivated you in the beginning.
- Set Mini-Goals: If you set a gigantic goal for the New Year, like, buying a house, cutting all dairy out of your diet or losing 50 pounds, make sure you also set mini-goals throughout the year. Sometimes a huge goal can seem to become more and more unattainable if you do not set goals in between. If your goal is to buy a house, set a mini-goal of saving a certain amount of money by 6 months. If your goal is cutting all of the dairy out of your diet, start by just stopping drinking milk for a couple months, then move on to cheese, etc. If you are trying to lose 50 pounds, set a mini-goal of 10 pounds in 3 months. Once you achieve those mini-goals, set another mini-goal!
- Be Specific: While general goals are good, a goal of “be happier” may be hard to achieve because you may get discouraged with not knowing how to get there. How do you measure your “happiness” anyway? A more specific goal such as, meditate twice a week or go to the gym three times a week would make it easier to know if you are actually accomplishing your goal.
- Keep Track: Get yourself a notebook or a calendar and keep track of your progress. Occasionally make notes of how you are doing on your goal (even if you aren’t doing so well). If you know how you are doing, it will be easier to make changes to get on track with what you are trying to accomplish.
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up: If you fall off with your progress, don’t stop! No one is perfect and give yourself a little bit of slack. Any change to a happier healthier you is positive! If you only make it to the gym once a week instead of three times a week, that’s OKAY. It is better than no times a week. Don’t give up or completely lose it if you aren’t 100% on your goal.
Hopefully these tips will help you take care of yourself in 2012 and have a great healthful year! Good luck!