This post is all about new year’s resolutions. Here’s how to stay on track and crush your goals.
Happy New Year!! I don’t know how we got here so fast but here we are — 2023! This time of year many are looking to set some new year’s resolutions. But if you’re like me, getting off track has been the norm lately. With so many responsibilities it’s easy to get distracted and off course.
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Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I thought I’d share a few tips for preparing for new year’s resolutions. These have helped me accomplish a few in the past and I thought you could walk away a bit more inspired to start 2023.
5 Ways to Improve Setting Your New Year Resolutions
1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Ever heard of SMART goals? I think I first heard about them in high school. If you decide to make a resolution, whether personal or professional, it should follow these criteria- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
SPECIFIC – What exactly do I want to achieve? Instead of saying, I want to lose 40 pounds in 6 months. Try, I want to lose 2 pounds a week by following a low-calorie diet and exercise program and working out with a trainer to help achieve this goal.
You have outlined what the next 6 months should look like and outside factors that will help you achieve them.
MEASURABLE – You should be able to measure your progress along the way so you know that you are on your way to reaching that goal. Want to save some extra money?
After you have broken down the amount you want to save and the weekly increments that will help you get there, seeing that money in your savings account will help you visualize your progress. This in turn will keep you going strong.
ATTAINABLE – Make sure your goals are not too far out of reach. Keep it simple. If you are lacking the time, money, or talent to reach your goal you may fail and be discouraged by week 2.
Breaking down a goal into more manageable smaller goals makes the objective clear and easier to reach. Reaching small milestones keeps you motivated to continue. But don’t make the goal too easy and you won’t be challenged.
RELEVANT – Why do you want to reach this goal? This is your Why. Why are you doing this? Is it to be healthier so you can play with your kids without getting winded? Are you looking to save money so you can finally take that trip to another country with your partner? This will keep you hungry and give you the drive to reach your goal.
TIMELY – There must be a deadline for you to accomplish your goal. Not saying that you should revert back once the deadline is up, but having a specific date in mind will help you see the finish line.
Make your deadline realistic but not so far ahead that you set yourself up for procrastination.
2. Tell Your Friends and Family
3. Get Prepared and Plan
If you are planning to work with a trainer to get fit, you will need to hire a personal trainer or download/purchase a fitness app for help if you need it. If you are looking to eat healthier meals, then making a meal plan and getting your grocery list ready will help.
Have some recipes ready to go to make meal planning easier. Looking to save money? Make sure you have a savings account to stash your money. Do it now.
4. Write it Down
When you write down your goals and intentions you are more likely to work harder to achieve what you set out to do. Better yet, keep a journal of your progress. Write down mini-goals that will help you achieve the big goal.
List what you are going to do to accomplish your mini-goals and then, at the end of the week, see where you land. For example, I am going to take my lunch to work every day and save $40 at the end of the week.
Did you achieve the small goal or fall short? If you fell short, don’t get discouraged. Evaluate your plan and see what you need to tweak the following week to help you get there.
Crush it? Good for you! Accomplishing these small wins will help you get closer to your end goal and keep you motivated.
5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
While we all want to crush our goals, the truth is, many will fail. Hey, it’s OK. Going into this with the right mindset will help you in the long run. If you go into it thinking there’s no way you will accomplish the goal, then you probably won’t. Let’s be honest — not every goal will be met, but if you really worked hard at it, chances are you will walk away with some accomplishment.
Maybe you came 5 pounds short of your 40-pound weight loss goal. You still lost 35 pounds!! That’s freaking great! You only saved $1000 instead of $1200 for the year. That’s more than you would have saved without making the effort. You took the steps to accomplish something, tried your hardest, and sought it through. No shame in that!
New Year’s resolutions have been getting a bad rap for many years. Many people go into them already claiming defeat when it shouldn’t be like that. Resolutions are there to help us see the big picture. They help us work towards something we want to accomplish.
If you slip up, don’t give up and revert to your old ways. Forget it and move forward. You don’t have time to dwell on the setback and negativity — 2023 is all about the positive, living in your moment, and getting ahead in life.
Another tip, don’t be afraid to set new goals and intentions mid-year. I can’t stand when people just give up and say, “oh, I’ll start in the new year.” F*ck that! If you fall off, then start again the next day, the next Monday, or the next month. Don’t wait around and claim defeat. Go out there and crush it!
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This post was all about New Year’s Resolutions and how to crush your goals in 2023.