New Year’s resolutions are a funny thing, aren’t they?
When we set them they feel like the most important goal we’ve ever set and our motivation is really, really high.
Then, inevitably, life gets in the way, throws a wrench in our plan, and eventually we give up.
You promise yourself “I’ll try again when I’m not so busy and stressed,” but that time never actually comes.
You might try again a couple times over the course of the year to stick to Keto or Intermittent Fasting or getting your workouts in before work in the morning, but something always seems to stop you.
I want to help you change that.
I want to help you set a goal for the New Year and see it through.
This can be the year you actually reach your goal. And below I’m giving you 5 tips on how to set a goal and achieve it.
1. Don’t keep it a secret.
We can all use a little extra support, right? In fact, accountability and support are absolutely necessary components of reaching any goal. But I know- we might be hesitant to tell people about our goals because what if we fail? But think about what could happen when the right people know about your goal and they stand behind you in achieving it. You can create a support system to cheer you own when you need it and celebrate when you hit a big milestone.
Take a second and write down 3-5 people in your life who you’re going to talk to about your goals and who will support you and celebrate with you.
2. Get real about the bad habits that are holding you back.
Whether it’s eating fast food, skipping your workouts or checking Instagram and Facebook every 90 seconds, your bad habits are a huge obstacle to being happy and healthy. It might seem like a few fast food meals or mindlessly scrolling through IG isn’t that big of a deal, but it actually is a big deal. And not just from a physical perspective but a mental one, too.
Take a good look at your current lifestyle and think about ONE change you want to start making. Think about what you can add in as a more positive habit to replace the not so great habits. And just start with one thing. Not all the things.
3. Be resilient and push yourself.
You’re going to have setbacks. Moments of doubt. Times where you want to quit. We all do. It’s normal. But this is where you need to push yourself. You can’t accept “no” for an answer and quit because things get hard. Dig deep, remember why you set the goal in the first place and keep pushing. If you quit quitting, you’ll get to your goal, and you’ll probably surprise yourself at just how capable you are.
4. Find a mentor
And I’m not talking about an IG influencer or your co-worker who lost 60 pounds on Keto. Get a mentor with knowledge, experience and education who can show you the direct route to your goal. Find someone who’s achieved what you want to achieve and ask them how they did it then check yourself and make sure that method will work for you and your lifestyle (helpful hint: Keto will not work for you for the long haul, just fyi).
5. Focus on the process vs the end result.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is success. It is not immediate. And that right there can be enough to stop people in their tracks because delayed gratification isn’t exactly…exciting, but the nature of success is that it takes time to develop and fully manifest. That’s why it’s crucial to celebrate every small success or achievement along the way. Small steps and breakthroughs lead to overall success. Be sure you don’t scoff at that 5 pound weight loss and think “It doesn’t really matter because I have so much more to go.” Celebrate it! If you hit 3 workouts in a week, don’t tell yourself “3 workouts won’t do much…I should be working out every day.” Celebrate it! Keep your momentum moving forward by celebrating your wins and enjoying the process. This makes achieving your goals that much sweeter.
So there you have it. Five ways to get to your big goal this year.