It’s hard to believe that the end of the January is almost here! It seems like just yesterday we were shopping for Christmas gifts and now the aisles of grocery stores are filled with hearts, teddy bears, and chocolate for February. While most of you have probably done a splendid job in keeping your resolutions this far, a handful of you may be having trouble and need an extra push. So here are a few words of advice for sticking it out and recommitting to those 2016 resolutions.
The past is in the past
Like a breakup, we must accept that 2015 is gone and we’re headed for something better. If last year wasn’t your best year yet, put on your positivity pants and promise yourself that this is the one. You’re going to dive right into those dreams and goals and make them happen. No more looking back. We can only move forward and hope for the best. If we strive for success, peace, and happiness – this year’s resolutions will follow.
It might be too big – break it up
Achieving your goals should be a challenge. If they’re too easy, you’re not dreaming big enough. But maybe you’ve hit the wall on a resolution and you’re feeling overwhelmed. If that’s the case – let’s try breaking it up. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds this year, start with small goals like “for the rest of this month, I will ride my bike to work” and then reward yourself for hitting those milestones like purchasing a new sports watch. Your personal goals are important. Start giving yourself the motivation and support you deserve.
Keep checking in on it
Do you have weekly or monthly meetings with your supervisor? What if you did something similar with yourself? It seems silly to have to block off your calendar and “pencil” yourself in so to speak, but it could prove extremely useful. Carving out time to work specifically on our resolutions and progress will serve as a method for holding yourself accountable. If you’re worried about not taking this seriously, ask a friend to check in on you. Having to update someone on your efforts can motivate you to complete those goals rather than reporting you’ve made little if any progress.
If you really want it, you’ll make it happen
It may be oversimplified, but the message is true, “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Your resolutions have probably been delayed once or twice. Do you really want to give up/slow down already? Probably not. It’s hard work, yes. In case you weren’t at the gym on January 2nd – it was busier than the mall on black friday. Stepping in the gym today however, is a different story. To say people’s desire and interest in achieving their resolutions wanes after a couple of weeks is an understatement. Most people forget about them entirely. But not you. You’re going to make it happen. Time to execute and reap the benefits of your accomplishments.
Do you have any advice on how to stick out your resolutions? We want to hear it! Tell us in the comments!