Can you believe we’re about to start our 3rd month into the New Year? By this time, over 80 percent of people have failed on their New Year’s resolutions. With those numbers being the norm, it’s time to talk about a subject that most people have abandoned at this point… Goals.
It may be super cheesy but I love the start of a new year. This New Year happened to be an especially big one for me because I not only got a new year to conquer but also a whole new decade since I turned 30 on New Year’s Eve. Along with every New Year, I began the year with a whole list of goals I want to accomplish. Now that it’s the end of February, I have to look back at what type of progress I’ve accomplished so far.
It might be super cheesy but I love the start of a new year. This New Year happened to be an especially big one for me because I not only got a new year to conquer but also a whole new decade since I turned 30 on New Year’s Eve. Along with every New Year, I began the year with a whole list of goals I want to accomplish. Now that it’s the end of February, I have to look back at what type of progress I’ve accomplished so far.
Most people make some type of goal for the New Year, and most people have also forgotten those goals by December 31st. These goals are so important to us at the beginning of January so they should definitely not be forgotten in the coming months! These are the top 3 tricks I have found in order to keep myself working towards my goal so come December 31st, I can look back on the year and know that I never stopped working.
1. Don’t ONLY look at the big picture
Set both long-term goals and short-term goals – gear the short-term goals towards things that will help you reach the long-term ones. For example, if your goal is to finish a half marathon by the end of the year but the only thing you’re finishing right now is Netflix seasons, the idea of a half marathon can be intimidating. Instead of looking at the end goal break it down into smaller more attainable goals – such as completing a 5k by March, a 10k by June, a 15k by September. Guess what… that half marathon is in grasping distance from there! Not only will you feel accomplished from reaching your short-term goals, it will help keep you motivated and working towards the long-term larger goal.
2. Grab a buddy
Forming new habits on your own can be hard, so find someone to hold yourself accountable. If his/her goals are the same/in line with yours, great! That means you can pair up and both work with each other in order to make your goals happen. If his/her goals differ from yours, even better! You can provide words of encouragement to each other to help keep each other on track, and you each may even adopt each other’s goals along the way. Either way, it’s so important to have a support system to celebrate your victories along the way or to help pick you back up on your path to victory.
3. Reward yourself
Use your short-term goals to reward yourself and help keep you motivated while working towards your long-term goal. The important thing here is to make sure your rewards aren’t undoing your progress towards your long-term goal. So, if your overall goal is to lose 15 lbs by the end of the year and your short-term goals are losing 5 lbs at a time, don’t reward your 5 lbs lost with a piece of cake. Maybe choose to reward yourself with a nice pair of new yoga pants or put money towards a fun trip you want to take. These rewards should be a fun way to treat yourself and help keep you excited about your goals – who doesn’t love new workout gear or fun vacations!?
Remember… you chose these goals at the beginning of the year because it was something you wanted to better yourself. Don’t stress out if you haven’t accomplished your goal yet, there’s still a whole year ahead of you. Have fun on your journey! And don’t forget to Get Lifted!