HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2022, where timid optimism is at it's peak. A lot of people right now don't want to claim 2022 as the year things go back to normal, but that doesn't mean it can't be the year to reach your goals despite all the chaos! #NewYearNewMe
Whether your goals are related to fitness, health, diet, moving, education, organization, starting a new business or getting a new job, they can be attainable and I am going to give you a few pointers on how! But first...
Are you doing this just because it is New Years & everyone else is doing it?
If so, maybe you need to rethink your goals and priorities. Maybe you aren't a goal-orientated person or maybe the pandemic has you burnt out and you are taking a bit of a break! The added pressure of holidays ending can make things that should be easy feel like mental mountains. Stop and be real with yourself about your motivation to change or if it is the correct time to be chasing your particular goal!
Start From the Beginning - What do you want to accomplish?
What exactly are you looking to accomplish this year? Do you want to:
- Get a new Job?
- Be more active?
- Eat Better?
- Learn a new skill?
- Be more organized?
- Build a snowman? (Hahaha)
Remember to stick to just one major goal at a time, if we take on too much it can be hard to stay focused and we end up achieving none of our goals.
Write. It. Down.
If you cannot even remember what your goal is 2 months from now, your probably not going to get any closer to achieving it. You can write it down anywhere you like, maybe a journal, a white board, a calendar or just on a scrap piece of paper taped to your wall - you don't need to get fancy here to be successful!
Is This Something You Can Reasonably Accomplish?
Is this something you can actually do? Life has restrictions whether we want to admit that or not. We can only lose weight so fast, we can only do so much, we have jobs and bills and time constraints. Also, travel related goals may be out due to the pandemic for a while! #mandatorystaycation
Outlining if it is an accomplishable goal - and being honest with yourself about that - can help you adjust your goal to something more reasonable and stop you from being disappointed after spending time and effort on it.
Break It Down - How Many Steps To Reach The Goal?
Experts don't just become experts at the drop of a hat! For example, if your goal is to sell a house you may have to consider a few things; prepping the house, safety codes and certificates, market research, relators, the actual sale, and find a new place to live afterwards.
Keep breaking it down until you have a ton of little accomplishable steps. The smaller the better!
The very first goal should be something you can do - RIGHT NOW! Getting started right now can be the difference between starting this goal, and setting this goal in a cupboard and never thinking about it again!
Persistence & Motivation - Don't Give Up!
Easier said than done right? Setting timelines can motivate some people to push forward hard, but others can find it overly anxiety-inducing. Setting your goals has to be about what will work for you - your schedule, your life.
Persistence can only get us so far, sometimes life gets in the way. Be aware that we are all human beings and sometimes things need to be put on pause or modified.
Including others in our goals increase our support circle so we have people to lean on when the goals become difficult. It is important that the people we include in our goal-setting are positive influences who have our thoughts, feelings, and best interests in mind.
For example, for healthy eating & weight-loss coaching people hire me to keep them focused and accountable. Someone to support them, answer questions, be a listening ear and a brainstorm buddy for overcoming challenges. If that is something you are looking for, please click HERE to reach out!
Recognition of Accomplishment or Acceptance of Disappointment
Option #1: Maybe you didn't reach your goal
Don't fret! Reassess and start from the beginning, you've gained valuable experience for your next attempt!
Here are some things to consider before you restart an attempted goal:
- Was it a reasonable goal for yourself in your current situation?
- Did you put your full effort into obtaining that goal?
- Did you allow yourself to get proper support when you needed help?
- What stopped you from taking the necessary steps, and how you can you plan around those pitfalls next time?