It’s already the end of the first week of 2018. Can you believe it? I feel like the days just fly by and I bet some of us are already falling behind on our new year’s resolution. Because let’s be honest some of our goals are just too big when you think about trying to achieve them in the first few days. For example, you might have set a goal that you are going to be more fit this year. Another example could be that you want to go vegan.
These are great resolutions to make, but I think we get ahead of ourselves when we try to keep them. When you have a goal that is a big change to your norm the higher the chances are that you won’t keep up with it, trust me I KNOW from experience.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim John
Create steps for your goal, break it down so it’s not one big challenge. This will help you focus on one step at a time rather than the BIG goal you’re trying to achieve. For example, if you’re goal is to go to lose .weight 30 pounds don’t starve yourself to try and lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks. Break it down, maybe tell yourself “this week I’m going to cook healthy meals and not eat fast food” and then figure out the next step to take for losing weight.
WRITE IT DOWN. Don’t just have it in your mind that you’re going to do this or you goal is that. Write it down somewhere, make it your wallpaper on your phone, post a sticky note on your bathroom mirror. Keep a note somewhere that will reaffirm your goal physically not just mentally. Open up a planner and write your goal and then put the steps to make it.
Create a checklist, make it for the week or for the month, what ever works for you. This will give you a visual reminder of what you have accomplished when working towards your new year’s resolution. It shows you that you are making progress or if you’re dropping the ball and help you get back on track.
Remove obstacles that will keep your from achieving your New Year’s resolution. Your goal is to eat healthy, take out all the junk food in your pantry, don’t buy soda. If your goal is to save more money, go look at your bank statement and see were your spending unnecessary money. Anything that has the potential to sidetrack you from your goal try and remove it.
Remember to celebrate each step you take towards your new year’s resolution. Don’t think that you can’t be happy about the little milestones on your way to the final stop. If you’re working towards that 30 pound weight loss, be proud when you lose those first 5 pounds. Sometimes we spend so much time worrying about how we haven’t reached our goal that we forget to be proud of how far we’ve come.