With January fast approaching, bringing with it a bright, shiny brand new year, it’s easy to get caught up in all the “New Year’s Resolution” hype. All the things we hoped to get done this year that we didn’t finish or forgot about. The things we decided to change and were waiting until January to implement.
While there is nothing wrong with starting resolutions on January 1st, you don’t have to wait until then to get started. Today is a great day. So is tomorrow. So is February. So many people start resolutions on January 1st and by mid-February or March, they’ve lost all momentum and have fallen back into their old habits. If you are tempted by the shiny newness of the New Year, try out these tips before jumping in with your 2018 goals.
1. Wait until Spring.
If you are a chronic January 1st resolutions-maker and by Spring, you’ve given up on all your goals, it might be better to spend January reflecting on the why of your goals and get started later in the year when you are more likely to stick to it.
2. Focus on the WHY.
Even if you do start in January, spend a little time this week reflecting on why the goals you are setting are important to you. What made you write those down as resolutions for the New Year? What is the big picture behind the specific action?
3. Set up accountability.
Determined to lose 50 pounds? Wanting to eat healthier? Or try to get your kids to eat more vegetables? Having outside accountability can dramatically help in sticking to the daily or weekly tasks that will get you to your goal. Have a friend meet you at the gym in the morning. Create a recipe swap group with your friends to share healthy recipes and tips. Tell people about your goal. Text a friend. Post a picture. Do whatever you know will help make it stick for you.
4. Don’t give up.
You will have set backs. You will “mess up.” But that one incident should not be reason for you to give up on the whole big picture. Refocus on the WHY you created. Follow up on the accountability you created. And start fresh tomorrow. None of us are perfect. We all give in to temptations. And what sets apart the quitters from the achievers is the mindset to keep going. Forgive yourself. Pick back up and keep going.
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