For most of us who set resolutions each year, we really do have the best of intentions, but then, somehow, they just fall through. Day-to-day life gets in the way of the bigger goals and then we just simply forget.
That doesn’t mean that you should give up on resolutions though! Making goals can give you a clear direction of where you’re headed and they help you assess what worked and what didn’t from the previous year.
Here are a few tips that have helped me to stick to my health-related and professional goals throughout the years.
1. Write it Down
It is way too easy to forget about your goals if they are just floating around in your head somewhere. Writing them down can also help you flesh out your goals – it gives you the opportunity to reflect on each one and revise as much as you need to. I like to tape mine to the bathroom mirror so I get a reminder every morning and I can make sure each decision I make during the day is getting me closer to my goals.
2. Set a Time Frame
Goals should be measurable and deadline-driven. It’s the difference between saying, “I want to lose weight this year,” and “I will lose 10 lbs. by March 1st using the #RESETNATION Challenge.” Give yourself all the tools you need to succeed. That means: a plan, a time frame and a number.
3. Create Professional, Personal and Physical Goals
It’s easy to focus on physical goals (not so easy to achieve them!), but we often forget about the professional and personal aspects of our life. Is your goal to finally start using social media as a business tool? Or to set aside one day each week just to spend with your family? Again, make sure they’re measurable and how are you going to do it? Blocking out time in your calendar can be a great way to ensure you make the time.
4. Find Support
Sometimes when you decide to make changes that will be beneficial to your health, your family or your wallet, the people around you can be anything but supportive. So, it may not be your friends and family that make up your support network while you’re bettering your life. Find other people that are pursuing the same goals. Join the #RESETNATION for motivation during your weight loss journey. Go to events that will help you grow professionally – the next one is the New Year, New You tour!
5. Be Patient
With each of your goals, there will be times when you make huge progress and other times that you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. You may lose a lot of weight one week and then nothing for the next two. Maybe your Facebook page will get 50 new likes in a day and then just a slow trickle for the rest of the month. Take some time to see if you did anything differently during the times of progress and evaluate your methods. Your resolutions won’t be met overnight (that’s the difference between a goal and a task), so it takes patience. These are the best times to turn to your support group, revamp your excitement by going to events and trainings, and refocus.
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