3 Steps to Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions & Not Getting Overwhelmed
So we are officially over a week into the new year.
How are those New Year's resolutions going?
I know, girl. It's already looking grim, huh? It's okay! Things don't have to end this way and so soon! It's so easy to get caught up in the promise of a new beginning and feel like you can give your entire life a makeover overnight. And you would think that we would learn from last year and the year before and year before that and.......um......yeah. But THIS year CAN be different! Check out these three ways I plan to make my goals for the year a reality:
Look at your list. How many things are on it? Lose weight. Travel more. Start a blog. Relaunch a blog. Start a business. Quit your job. Get a better job. Grow your hair. Eat better. Work out more. Get a new car. Find a new boo. Revamp your closet. Save for a house. Save, period.
GIRL. (Or BOY!) You've got way too much going on. You need to focus. But it's not just you--I'm yelling at me too. You've got to trim that list down to the one or two things that are most important. You can't do it all, at least not at once. Many times our goals trickle into our other goals and once we have a good thing going, we see improvement in other areas. So select what you want to focus on FIRST. And start from there.
Two: BE SPECIFIC.
Okay. You want to get in shape? How? You want to save money? How? You want to start your business? How?
You can't just throw your goal out there and TA-DA! Things come to fruition. You have to be specific and intentional about the way you plan on getting to the finish line.
I want to get in shape by working out at least 3 times a week.
I want to save money by eating out less often.
I want to grow out my hair by regularly moisturizing it.
I want to get a better job by applying to a new position every week.
So you've got your "how." Now let's plan it out. Write out the (baby) steps that you can and will take to move closer to what you want. I recommend making small changes at a time and building onto them. Some folks can go cold turkey (and bless you if that is you!), but many of us need to ease our way in. Habits take time to change!
You want to save money by eating out less often? Great. This week bring lunch to work at least twice. In a couple weeks, boost it up to three times a week. You want to workout at least 3 times a week? Make it a goal to sign up for one exercise class this week and see if you can get there once a week for the rest of the month.
Set reminders. Put it on your calendar. Write notes and stick them on your mirror. Find an accountability partner. Whatever you need to do, but try your best to follow through and have fun with it!
Bonus: FORGIVE YOURSELF.
The moment you lay all of this pressure on yourself to be perfect, it feels like failure is closer than success. You've made this about perfection and not execution. You will fall short sometimes and that's okay. You might miss the mark a bit and that's okay. Your goal may end up on next year's list again and that's okay. Forgive yourself for all of that. And thank yourself for the growth you have shown.
Now go out there and slay 2017 and beyond!!
And if you have any tips for how you keep your New Year's resolutions in check, share them in the comments below!