How to Make (and keep!) New Year’s Resolutions
Hi friends! We are about two weeks into the year and I am sure we have all set a few New Year’s Resolutions. Some of us are able to power through and achieve them, but if you are anything like how I used to be, sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions may be turning out to be harder than you thought. It is usually about this time that the greens in your fridge start wilting; the new gym membership turns into an expensive keychain accessory and the new workout clothes are worn more for pajamas than they are for getting exercise. Why is this? Why is it so hard to stick to goals we so adamantly declared we would accomplish? I want to talk about my theories on why goals fail, and what I do to set myself up for success with goals that last for the entire year.
Why Your Goals Fail
Too many goals:
I know, I know. It is the trap we all fall into this time of year, setting goals that starting tomorrow, we will meal plan, work out, get the kids to school on time, and keep the house clean. What is wrong with these goals I just named? Absolutely nothing, aside from the fact that there are too many to choose from, and you are going to get burnt out really quick if you try to achieve them all. Instead, pick a handful of small goals to focus on, and master those before creating new ones.
Too big/vague goals:
So let’s say you have a BIG goal for 2017, what then? How do you achieve something that is so massive, or measure your short-term progress for a long-term goal?
Action items can really help you out with these types of goals. For example, simply saying, “I want to be healthy,” can sound like a great goal, but it does not give you a baseline to examine your progress. If you break that down into action items, such as:
“I will drink half of my body weight in ounces every day”
“I will park further away at work every day this week to get more steps.”
“I will spend one night a week meal prepping, and only eat out once a week.”
These are concrete action items that you can task to yourself and check off at the end of the week – giving you some solid proof that you’re working towards your goals!
My Favorite Tips for Success:
I typically pick three large goals for the year and break them down into smaller, actionable items that I can do. These are written on a huge whiteboard that I keep in plain sight to see every single day and keep me motivated. I also reach out to a close friend and make them aware of my goals, and ask them to keep me accountable and follow up with me periodically.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? What is working for you and what are you hoping to reassess? Let me know in the comments below!