As the year comes to a close, it is time to prepare for new beginnings, new goals, and ultimately, a better you. Each year on January 1st, millions of people set out on changing their lives and taking a journey to not only better themselves but also their personal environment.
Unfortunately, many of those who set out to accomplish these life-changing goals will quit them by the end of January, leaving them frustrated and unmotivated for further change. According to Psychology Today, only 23 percent of people accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions.
It is time to break this habit and finally make great resolutions that can be kept by implementing these 5 useful tricks:
- Know Yourself
Too often when making resolutions we set extremely aggressive goals that can come off more like a dream instead of a realistic goal. Doing this can create unwanted pressure and anxiety towards not only the goal but ourselves. To keep from doing this set practical goals you know you’ll be willing to put time and effort towards. Start small and work your way up in your goal. For example, instead of resolving to run every day for a year knowing don’t like to run, resolve to start by walking for 15 minutes twice a week, working your way up from there. Knowing your limits and what you like to do is essential to creating resolutions that are going to stick. You should have confidence in the goals that you set, the more confident you are in your goal the more likely you are to achieve it.
- Expand yourself
Do not limit yourself to only one area of your life to work on. There can always be improvements made in our lives. When only creating one big goal, we focus all of our concentrative energy on that one overwhelming task. Doing that neglects other parts of our lives that may need work too. Instead of setting one big goal in one area of your life set up mini goals in various parts. Create goals in major areas of your life: a financial resolution, relationship resolution, health & wellness resolution, and/or spiritual resolution. By doing this you create a better environment for yourself to grow and take advantage of everything surrounding you. Do not be afraid to branch out when making your resolutions and broadening yourself to new things.
- Be patient
One of the hardest parts of making a New Year’s resolution is being patient. When results are not being seen quickly, people get frustrated and give up. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a slow, long process. As much as we wish we could lose 10 pounds in a week, it won’t happen. Instead, having patience with yourself and your goal is the only way you will be able to accomplish it. If you slip up on your goal a few times, it is okay. We are human; mistakes happen. We tend to hold ourselves to such high standards when implementing a life change, it ends in frustration when human slip-ups occur. In doing this, we are only diminishing our confidence in accomplishing our goal. Accept that mistakes and slip-ups will happen on this journey. Accepting mistakes as part of your journey takes the pressure off yourself and makes the processes a fun experience. Mess ups are normal and they should strengthen, rather than hinder you from accomplishing your goal.
- Keep track of your progress
One of the best ways to keep you motivated when trying to complete a resolution is keeping track of the progress you are making. A study done by Gail Matthews revealed that participants who wrote down their goals were 33 percent more likely to accomplish them than those who did not. You can start this great habit through creating a vision board, pictures, checklist, or just keeping a daily record of what you’ve done for the day. When you are able to visualize the progress you are making it creates even more motivation for yourself. If you are not good at writing goals down, apps like GoalsOnTrack helps guide you into achieving your goal through daily reminders and time and habit tracker.
5. Read Motivational Books
With new goals and beginnings, new knowledge is inevitable. One of the easiest ways to intentionally direct your path to success is reading books and gaining new knowledge from those who have walked similar paths. Having wisdom is what separates the great from the mediocre. When acknowledging your greatness, read a mind power book, such as our December Read of the Month, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.
We here at NiaChantal wish you success in accomplishing every goal you set for the new year. Remember to push yourself to set more than one healthy goal while being kind to yourself as you follow through. Happy New Year!