New Year’s Goals are something that we all throw out there when the clock strikes midnight and the new year rolls in. The problem with these goals is that we never seem to stick to them. We want to get more sleep, but two days later, we’re binge watching a show until 1 AM. We want to eat healthier, but it takes about 4 days before we’re chowing down on the leftover holiday cookies. So how can we stick to our New Year’s Goals?
How to Stick to Your New Year’s Goals
While all of these goals that we have are well-intentioned, we rarely succeed. Why is that? Well, for one thing, they’re goals, but they’re not lifestyle changes. They are intangible ideas that we rarely make a reality. I’m as guilty of it as anyone, so how can we change that?
Make Your Goal Achievable
One of the keys to accomplishing your New Year’s goals is to make them achievable. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, don’t say, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds this year!” Instead, break it up and make that goal into a series of more easily achievable goals. Say, “I’m going to lose 2 pounds this week, and eventually I’ll reach my overall goal.” Making
Make a Change, not a Goal
A goal is something we want to achieve. Wanting to achieve something and actually doing it are two entirely different things. So while having a goal is good, it’s not enough. We have to think about how we’re going to accomplish it. If we want to eat healthier, we need to start by getting rid of the junk food. If we want to sleep more, we have to give ourselves a hard and fast bedtime. We have to actually make changes.
If you want to stick to your New Year’s goals, you have to be held accountable. I don’t just mean to yourself. It’s easy for us to give ourselves excuses. It’s much hard to do that when we are held accountable by someone else. If we want to make a real change, we have to know that others are watching. Tell a friend or family member you trust just what your goals are and what you plan to do about them. Then check in once a week with someone who will hold your feet to the goal fire!
New Year’s Goals are Easy to Achieve
See? There weren’t too many tips there were there? You were probably expecting 10 things you can do to accomplish your New Year’s goals. You don’t need all that! All you need are what I listed above, and you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing your New Year’s goals. So get after it!