So by now, you have had a little time to determine if your New Year’s resolution was a hit or miss. Either you’re off to a fantastic start or you’re feeling like a failure because it just didn’t happen. No worries. You still have 11 months to make it happen. Anyway, my belief is that […]
So by now, you have had a little time to determine if your New Year’s resolution was a hit or miss. Either you’re off to a fantastic start or you’re feeling like a failure because it just didn’t happen.
No worries. You still have 11 months to make it happen. Anyway, my belief is that January 1st is just too soon to begin the pursuit of a brand new undertaking. After all, you just finished the hectic holidays and all the hustle and bustle that goes with it. Shouldn’t you have a little time to kick back, contemplate and think about how you would like this year to be different than last year? 2017 was not a good year for many people, so when it came to a close many people were relieved to see it end.
In 2018 we can begin again. We can give ourselves permission to ease in with a gentle start. No hurry scurry…no madness, just an easy pace that has been thought out with some goals along the way. Nothing too difficult, so that at the end of 2018, looking back we can feel good. We made progress. We moved forward. It was awesome and not too tough. We can do this!
1. Imagine yourself a year from now. What would you like to be different?
Take some quiet time to figure out what is the most important? It will come to the top. There may be several things, just choose the one that you know is the most important or chose several if the goals are achievable.
2. Consider for a moment, what are the things that drain most of your time with little to no benefit?
Do you spend a lot of time online? Do you spend too much time on your phone that takes away from important time with your significant other or family? Perhaps one of your goals is to have more quality time with the kids. So eliminating wasted time would help you work toward that goal.
Maybe you have too many belongings (most of us do) that pile up over the years. Perhaps you could lose some of it to a good cause, making more room in the garage or in your closet.
3. Be realistic about how many changes are manageable
Don’t get over zealous about your goals. Too many goals add up to failure. Make a realistic plan that is possible to achieve.
4. Make a plan
In order to be successful, it’s important to make a plan. Decide what you want to accomplish and how you will make it happen. Make a step-by-step action plan that includes dates for every step to be carried out and the amount of time that is reasonable to accomplish that step.
5. Celebrate successes along the way
Maybe you and your spouse have made it the gym 4 days a week for month. Time to celebrate! Do something that helps you acknowledge your success. Go to a movie, get a massage, etc.
6. Be sure to check your progress every few days or at least at the beginning of each week.
We’re talking about accountability here. Are you making progress? Do you need to re-evaluate and make some changes to make your goal possible?
7. Birds of feather…
You’ve heard that birds of a feather stick together. Reaching your goals is easier when you interact with others who are working toward the same goal. If your goal is to lose weight, apps like LOSE IT or Weight Watchers keep you accountable and moving toward your goal. There is nothing like a challenge or a little support to keep you motivated. If your goal is to hit the gym regularly, it’s easier with a friend. Even when you don’t want to go, you go because you don’t want to let your friend down. What if your goal is to get the garage cleaned out? The job seems so big… you just can’t get started. Break it down into chunks. Today I will clean out the left hand side only.
8. Eat healthier
There’s room for improvement here for most of us. Are you drinking enough water? Are you eating healthy foods? Sure, we all occasionally hit the junk food but if we are eating healthy most of the time your body is getting the nutrients it needs.
9. Get your sleep
Did you know that recent research shows that people don’t get enough sleep tend to snack more and take in more calories? You’ll perform better at work and at the gym if you get enough ZZZZs. Establish a routine, it will be easier to fall asleep if you go to bed at about the same time each night. Don’t eat a big meal before bed, don’t work out too close to bedtime and don’t over indulge in alcohol. All those things can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Vow to have your head hit the pillow at a certain time and do it.
10. Build time into your schedule for important things
You will be happier if you can take at least a little time for yourself that helps you feel valued. Maybe you’re choosing between getting groceries or doing cardio. Cardio is going be good for your brain, your heart and your waistline. Choose cardio. Send your grocery list off to the store the night before and pick up the groceries when you’re done with cardio. BA DA BING!
11. Set a timeline
Having a timeline in black and white makes it real and makes you more accountable. You’ll be able to assess quickly if you are doing well with your goals or if you need to pick up the pace.
Good luck. It’s a new year! You got this!