Why would you make a New Year’s resolution?
If you are like most of us, you’ve stayed up too late, eaten too much, imbibed perhaps more than usual and feel happy yet exhausted the next day when you finally pull yourself out of bed. You’re likely still out of your regular routines because the “schedule” has not yet started. Kids are still out from school, decorations and tidying need to be done from the aftermath of the holiday season.
As if that is the ideal scenario for making a new resolution to increase your fitness, eat healthier, drop weight, manage stress, or whatever your goal is.
Like most of us you’ve probably been to too many parties, eaten too much rich food, and strayed from your usual routine throughout December. So, this is not a good day to come to a full stop.
I am going to make a suggestion:
Do not give yourself an impossible or improbable goal. Instead, why not divide and reduce long term goals into smaller monthly ones?
Beginning now, after the shock of January and February’s bills and weather have passed, make a single minor adjustment toward the first goal you want to achieve.
Set your intent. See it, write it, and say it.
Have a clear goal, and deadline. Do not leave your goal open ended. Do something for 30 days, celebrate your accomplishment, then see if you want to recommit to another monthly goal on the same theme, or set a different monthly goal.
Visualize and affirm your goal, and perhaps include friends to support your achievement, and then get at it!
More importantly, rather than having a list on January 1st, make a list of small goals with start dates staggered throughout the year. So start X in February, Y in March and Z in April. You get my drift. Queue goals up for each month. Maybe just maybe give yourself January 1st off. It’s a holiday for heaven’s sake!
Create an environment to support the attainment of your goals. Create the habits to achieve your goals, and get an accountability partner to hold you accountable to fulfill your goals.
This way you have goals to focus on each month of the year. Good luck!