As a year ends and another begins, we look back on the events that have happened over the past 365 days. Some good, some bad and it inspires us to set goals and intentions for the coming year. Setting New years Resolutions is a promise to ourselves to commit to our goals to improve our life with a fresh start to the year.
Your new years resolutions could be financial goals, health and fitness goals, personal development goals, the list goes on. But after the hype of the new year dies down sometimes we lose our focus on our goals and forget about what we set out to achieve.
So how do you stay focused on your goals and work on achieving them? If you have set goals for 2019, here is some tips to help you maximize results.
Talk about your goals: Tell your friends and family what your goals are. Discussing your goals helps you stay more accountable to achieving them.
Change one behaviour at a time: Having multiple goals and trying to change all the behaviours associated with your goals at once, can feel overwhelming. Work from the bottom up. When it comes to health and fitness goals, work on one thing at a time. That might be joining boot camp and getting yourself into a regular exercise routine first. Then once you've established a set routine work on changing your nutrition or visa versa.
Join a group of like minded people: We find that our clients stay more accountable to their goals by supporting and encouraging each other.
Set small goals: Having a long term goal can feel too far out of reach so it's important to set small daily, weekly or monthly goals to that help you achieve the ultimate goal. If your goal is to drop x amount of dress sizes, setting yourself a weekly goal of meal planning and planning your training will essentially help you achieve your long term goal. If your goal is to save x amount of money, setting yourself a weekly saving goal will help you save for your long term goal.
Keep a list of the small goals you achieve: Nothing is more motivating than achieving your goals but when you set yourself a big goal it can feel like you're still so far away from achieving it. Praise yourself for the small successes and keep a list of things you have achieved so you can look back at how far you have already came.
Review your goals regularly: Don't just write them on a piece of paper and forget about them. Put them in a place where you can see them daily. Sit down once a week and review your goals. As time goes on and you work towards achieving them, your goals may change.
Don't beat yourself up: Perfection is unattainable so don't bother chasing it. Instead of being hard on yourself when you veer off track from your goals, accept the fact you are not going to be able to be 100% perfect and focus on reaching your goals in a sustainable way. If you still want to enjoy your life then there are going to be times when your diet isn't perfect and you may not get a chance to exercise.
Be realistic about your goals: I want to save $1million! I want a six pack next week! Let's be honest. Not many of us are in the financial situation to save a $1million by the end of the year and not many of us are willing to live the lifestyle it takes to have a six pack so be realistic about the goals you set. It's ok not to have a six pack and its ok not to have $1million in the bank. Those things don't buy happiness. Having a six pack could get you a really nice profile picture on Facebook and $1million could buy you a lot of material things but that is not the epitome of happiness.