We are getting to the time of year that many people start to lose sight of their goals for the year. Did you know that January 17th is National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day? Only 17 days into the New Year and so many people have thrown in the towel on their New Year’s Resolution goals that there is an actual day to recognize it! We start out the New Year with the best of intentions, but then life has a way of getting in the way. You have a busy day at work and going home instead of the gym sounds like a much better idea. Or what about all the social gatherings that offer food that is not lined up with your new eating plan? I didn’t sleep well last night so I’m going to sleep in instead of getting up to do my workout. Do any of these sound familiar? I know for me I am guilty of all of these. It is important for us to remember why we made those goals at the beginning of the year. Goals need to mean something to us. This will keep you motivated throughout the whole year.
Tips For Crushing Your Goals This Year
- Write Your Goals Down: Start by writing down your goals and keeping them in a place where you can see them everyday. Keeping your goals where you can see them will serve as a daily reminder and will help to set your intention for the day.
- Make Your Goals Realistic: Sometimes “big” goals can be too overwhelming. Big goals CAN be achieved; however, these “big” goals will best be achieved by breaking them down into smaller steps/goals. By breaking them down into smaller steps/goals, it will be easier to stay motivated because it allows for little victories along the way.
- Get an Accountability Partner: Share your goals with a friend, spouse, significant other, social media, etc. When you share your goals with another person, you will have more motivation to accomplish them. It is also great to have someone that will give you encouragement along the way, especially when things start to get tuff.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up: There are going to be days where you slip up. It’s ok. No, really it’s ok. Take one day at a time. Do your best each day. One way to decrease the frequency of these “slip ups” is to give yourself one “cheat meal” each week. Now, notice that I didn’t say a cheat day. By having one meal during the week where you just enjoy what you eat without worrying about calories or nutritional value will give you something to work towards and look forward to each week. This will also likely decrease the urges to cheat during the rest of the week.
What You Achieve By Reaching Your Goals Is Not As Important As What You Become By Achieving Your Goals.
– Henry David Thoreau