Hi everyone! Happy New Year! It’s that lovely time of year where everyone is reminded of the importance of taking a step back and creating a new list of things to accomplish this year. If you are like most people, this years list includes several items off of last year’s list which was probably mostly items from the list of the year before. Sound familiar? A New Year starts off with many grand intentions that usually fall apart by the middle of February. There a few steps you can take to help you achieve your goals this year.
#1 Start small
As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t expect to lose 50 lbs in a month or “get healthier” in a week. You need to set small, easy to accomplish goals that are realistic. If you are like many people looking to lose weight, work toward 1 -2 lbs per week rather than worrying about looking good for the summer trip to the beach. If you aim too high too quickly, you will likely be overwhelmed.
#2 Be Specific
How do you know when you have gotten healthier this year? more organized? closer to God? Your goals need to be measurable. What does healthier look like? For example, I don’t eat enough vegetables every day so, I’m not getting all of the nutrients I need to be healthy. For me, being healthier would mean this week I will try to get one serving of vegetables a day then next week two and so on until I’m getting the 3-5 I should be.
#3 Have Accountability
Change is difficult to make. It takes nearly a month to form a habit and the first week is always the hardest. Don’t try to rely on your own strength. I promise you will fail. Instead, share your goals with someone and ask them to help keep you on track. Give them permission to be honest with you and give you some tough love. Whether it is a friend, relative, or even an roommate, accountability is essential to achieving your goals.
Following these few simple steps will make achieving your goals possible. Come February, you will be able to proudly state that you are still following through on your New Years resolution!