With January comes lots of hopes and aspirations that we’d like to see manifested in the upcoming year. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, setting goals and having things to aim for is one of the only successful ways to track progress and therefore achieve something new in our lives.
However, when it comes to New Year resolutions and the whole ‘New year, New you’ cliche saying, it can sometimes cause us to put an unnecessary amount of pressure on ourselves. And do you know what all that pressure can do? It can single handedly prevent you from the very thing you’d like to achieve. Being able to achieve a goal starts off with being able to set a REALISTIC goal. Ultimately, a new habit or behavioural pattern like exercising more, eating healthier, cutting down on smoking etc. can only be achieved through sustainable small feats. It takes time, effort and resilience, things which all take practice.
1) So instead of committing to 10+ resolutions, pick 1 or 2
This way, you’ll be able to really focus on those two goals without being easily side tracked and disheartened by trying to keep up with everything. Simply don’t over-commit yourself.
2) Keep a diary to track your progress and reward yourself for small victories
As humans beings, we find it increasingly difficult to remember the good that we’ve done in our lives and find it way easier to focus on all the negatives. Recording all your progress in a diary about how you feel, what you achieved today/this week etc. enables you to look back and see just how far you’ve come. This in turn will fill you with even more self-confidence which will only aid your efforts.
3) Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be patient with yourself
In order to become the person you’ve always wanted to be, or to develop habits you’ve always wanted to have, you need to understand it’s not going to happen overnight (otherwise you would have started them a long time ago). The key to any major life change is patience and forgiveness. You’re going to have good days and bad days, but if you can be there for yourself throughout them all, you’ll be one step closer to finally making that transition.
So set yourself some realistic, sustainable goals this January and embrace the journey of committing to a more fulfilling and healthy life, one day at a time.