How many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions and have forgotten them by mid-January? Here are some tips/guides for making meaningful goals for the New Year
Keep it simple
- Take small steps. Many people quit because the goal is too big requiring too much effort and action all at once; break your goals down to very small attainable steps
- Don’t wait till New Year’s eve to make resolutions. Make it a year long process, every day. If something is important, do not put it off. Resolve to do it today!
Make it tangible and specific
- Focus on one resolution, rather several and set realistic, specific goals. Losing weight is not a specific goal. Losing 10 pounds in 90 days would be; Write down the steps you need to do daily to accomplish your goal.
- Focus on the present. What’s the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your goal?
Make it obvious and sometimes public
- Have an accountability buddy, someone close to you to whom you have to report;
- Find a support group which meets weekly to help keep you focused on your goals.
- Post your goals on social media can be a tool to help you keep focused too.
Keep believing you can do it
- Focus your thinking on new behaviors and thought patterns. You have to create new neural pathways in your brain to change habits;
- Celebrate your successes between milestones, no matter how small they might be!. Don’t wait to celebrate until the goal to be finally completed;
- Be mindful. Become physically, emotionally and mentally aware of your inner state as each external event happens, moment-by-moment, rather than living in the past or future.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip, but don’t let the slip hold you back from working at your goal.