Most of us set goals for New Year’s. Most of us have the great intention of achieving them, but I know I and many others who seem to drop their great plans pretty quickly after making them. So. I decided to make this post on how to set goals and keep them going past the one or two week mark, because I know it is possible! Enjoy!!
5 Tips To Set Goals And Keep Them
- Write them down. On a piece of paper, in your phone, on Facebook, on a vision board, or do like I did – make a freaking blog. Either way, jot it down somewhere so you make it “official” in your mind and/or with your community of friends and family.
- Tell an annoying friend. And by annoying, I mean someone who will ask you without judgement about how you’ve been doing with your goals this year, even when you are sick of being asked about it. Someone who cares for you and has your best interest at heart and who will only try to build you up. We all need accountability in our lives!
- Set measurable goals. Don’t say, “I’ll hike more trails this year,” say, “I’ll hike at least one new trail per month this year.” This way, you can also keep track of milestones and reward yourself when you make an accomplishment!
- Set realistic goals, and break them down into bite-sized chunks. What I mean by that is, don’t overwhelm yourself by saying, “I want to lose 30 pounds!” and expect it to happen right away. It’s fine to want to lose 30 pounds, but recognize that if you only lose 5 pounds in the first month, that is totally OK! 30 is realistic, but over a very long period of time. I hope this makes sense.
- Be kind to yourself. Be positive! You’re doing this for you, right?? Tell yourself you can do it, because you can! And you will if you just stick with it long enough! If you forget (or simply refuse) to go to the gym for a week or two in February, that’s OK! Recognise that you are human and will make many mistakes. Don’t be embarrassed. Just pick up where you left off and keep going.
And, as a sort of half point, don’t ever think you are alone! The Man and I are going to be starting new fitness routines this year, and there is no doubt in my mind that we will fail at times. Because we are human, we will inevitably have days where we sit inside and watch Star Wars and eat piles of spaghetti instead of going to the gym. We fail at things all. the. time. Like never buying plastic bags and buying horrible dish cleaner. It happens.
So I hope this helped you, and I look forward to hearing about your resolutions and your tricks for keeping them going. Happy 2016!!