Most of us are guilty of setting goals or resolutions for the new year and failing to go through with them. Here are some tips on how to keep focused on your goals.
PUT TIME INTO PLANNING.
Don’t wait till December to start trying to scrape together your goals for the year. Extensive planning is an important part of achieving your goals. If you start working toward a goal without any type of plan in place, you may quickly find yourself giving up when faced with any sort of obstacle, setback, or resistance. Put time into planning your action steps.
AVOID REPEATING PAST FAILURES.
Another strategy for keeping your New Year’s resolution is to not make the exact same resolution year after year. If you do choose to reach for the same goals you’ve tried for in the past, spend some time evaluating your previous results. Which strategies were the most effective? Which were the least effective?
What has prevented you from keeping your resolution in past years? Consider altering your resolution slightly to make it more feasible. By changing your approach, you will be more likely to see real results this year.
REMEMBER THAT CHANGE IS A PROCESS
Those unhealthy or undesired habits that you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so how can you expect to change them in just a matter of days, weeks, or months? Be patient with yourself. Understand that working toward your resolution is a process. Even if you make a misstep or two, you can restart and continue your journey towards your goal.
It may take longer than you would like to achieve your goals, but remember that this is not a race to the finish. Once you have made the commitment to changing a behavior, it may be something that you continue to work on for the rest of your life.
Having a solid support system can help you stay motivated and accountable. Find like minded friends or loved ones to join you in your goal.
RENEW YOUR MOTIVATION.
In the beginning, you will probably feel confident and highly motivated to reach your goal because you haven’t really faced any discomfort or temptation associated with achieving your it yet. Your motivation to keep your New Year’s resolution may start to dwindle as the year progresses. When you face such moments, remind yourself exactly why you are doing this. Finding sources of inspiration can keep you going when times get tough.
LEARN AND ADAPT
Encountering a setback is one of the most common reasons why people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you suddenly relapse into a bad habit, don’t view it as a failure. The path toward your goal is not always a straight one, and there will often be challenges along the way. Instead, view relapses as learning opportunities. If you are keeping a resolution journal, write down important information about when the relapse occurred, what might have triggered it, and what you might do differently next time. By understanding the challenges, you face, you will be better prepared to deal with them in the future.
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