We know the drill; every January, we’re incredibly motivated to stick to our New Year resolutions. However, something happens, and abandon ship on those New Year resolutions. Well not this year, these are five tips that will save you from just that.
Setting some New Year resolutions is easy and quite fun, as we hype ourselves up. Our goals to live a healthier lifestyle, start a new hobby, learn a new language, workout more, eat healthier, travel more, stand up for ourselves, stop biting our nails; the list of resolutions is endless.
However, whether it’s day seven or a few months later, there comes the point where we just lose that incredible drive and give up. Not this year! 2020 was a challenging year, 2021 is a new year of new beginnings, and these five tips will help you all the way.
1. Small Goals vs. Big Goals
The New Year is a fresh start for most people, and we’re so motivated to accomplish a lot during the year. As amazing as that feeling is, it’s easy to get so wrapped up stacking up many goals all at once. This can lead us to feel overwhelmed over the year, till we eventually give up as quickly as we started.
“Set big goals and achieve them with small commitments.”Anonymous
My advice would be to begin by having small goals and big goals. It’s always best to have a range of small goals and one or two major goals you’d like to accomplish in the year. Your small goals could be a lead to a major goal, or could just be random smaller goals.
2. Plan It
Slow and steady wins the race. It’s always best to plan your goals out. Having a vision, breaking it down, and seeing the steps in front of you will make you feel less overwhelmed, and you won’t give up on your goals.
“Four steps to achievements: plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently.”William A . Ward
This will also allow you to clearly see which smaller goals will help you achieve any bigger goals you may have. When you plan it and map everything out, you will feel less anxious and motivated to achieve those goals and stick to the plan.
3. Be Kind To Yourself
The title says it all, be kind to yourself. We tend to be our biggest critics, we tend to be very hard on ourselves, and we generally never feel satisfied with what we do or do not accomplish. Mindset is essential, being positive and accepting a set back as it is and not a complete end to the goal.
These overwhelming feelings towards our goals, trying to achieve them, trying to stick to our resolutions in the New Year can make us overthink and just lead to us giving up, which makes us feel even worse.
When you have a plan, you can also give yourself a little grace to achieve your goals. There will always be ups and downs; no one is perfect. So allowing yourself to slack a bit, allowing yourself to make mistakes, having a bad day, but still picking yourself up and trying again.
4. Surround Yourself With Positivity
Not only should you be positive, but surrounding yourself with positivity plays a considerable part in accomplishing your goals and sticking to them through the year. Focusing on the positives in every step will help you stick to your resolution and see it through to the end.
“Surround yourself with those who only lift you higher.”Oprah Winfrey
When you surround yourself with positive family and friends that recognize your goals and plan and achieve them, it is essential. This support could come through advice, acknowledgment, affirmations, physical and emotional help, and much more.
5. Reward Yourself
Finally, just like being kind to yourself, it is essential to reward yourself for your accomplishments. While you plan to achieve those small and big goals, include rewards you would give yourself once you reached them.
I don’t know about you but crossing off anything from a list makes me feel so accomplished. To have a reward at the end of that goal would make anyone feel more encouraged not to give up.
There is no need to break the bank with these rewards. You could treat yourself to a fancy meal, night out with friends, something you’ve been saving up for, etc. Something small but special as an acknowledgment of accomplishing the goal is more motivation for you.