Happy New Year and welcome to 2015!
There is something very special about starting a new year. I love the idea of a fresh start and a clean slate. The year is at your fingertips and you have the opportunity to accomplish anything you want. What are your goals? And almost as importantly, how confident are you that you will accomplish them?
It seems “new year’s resolutions” have a bad reputation. They are those pesky things you feel obligated to make and happy to forget a mere three days later. What if we looked past the reputation and paved the way for meeting our goals this year? What would that look like?
1) Make a plan – I cannot tell you how many times clients get excited about starting a new eating plan and commit quickly only to fall off the wagon three hours later. A plan is so important! Whether it is healthy eating, working out, being grateful, spending less time watching tv or more time with family, you need a plan. What are you going to eat instead of that cheeseburger? What will your workout schedule look like? What are you going to do with your time when you aren’t watching tv? Having a plan will make journeying toward your goals that much easier.
2) Be accountable – Make sure to tell someone about your goals. The simple act of telling someone incentivizes you to follow through. No one wants to look like a quitter. The more people you tell, the better.
3) Remember it is a journey – Goals aren’t accomplished overnight. If they are, you need to set your sights higher. You may become discouraged and you may experience set backs. What can you learn in those moments? Perseverance is key to accomplishing goals. Also remember to set markers. Are you trying to lose 20 pounds? Acknowledge every five. Are you hoping to spend more time with family? Acknowledge every hour you spend with them instead of doing something different. If we take on a huge goal and forget to acknowledge the markers, the journey feels longer and less possible.
The year has just begun. This is such an incredible season for jumping on wagons, setting our sights a little too high and realizing the power we have to accomplish more than we ever imagined. You can do it! We know you can!