We made it through the first week of 2016; how’d you do? Are you still perking along on your goals? Studies have shown that 25% of people who set goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year give up on them by the end of the first week.
Don’t let that be you!
Your life and your dreams are too important to quit on them so very early in the year!
Here are some tips on how to keep yourself going:
~Set only 5, but no more than 7, goals/resolutions.
This means you must be selective and choose only those things that are reallyreallyreally important to you. Setting more than 5-7 goals is overwhelming, which leads to confusion and then causes frustration that this’ll be yet another year that you don’t achieve the really important things in your life.
~Write them down.
Studies show that you increase the likelihood of achieving your goals simply by writing them down.
~Post them where you can see them often.
The saying “out of sight, out of mind” is so true! On a regular basis, review your goals and your progress toward them. Not only does this keep them in the forefront of your mind, but you have the opportunity to make small tweaks as you go along rather than have to make major overhauls to get yourself back on track later on.
~Plan time to work on your goals and resolutions.
Sit down with your weekly calendar and schedule in time to actually do the work. Mark it on your calendar the same as you would a date night with your spouse or going to your child’s school play or getting a haircut.
But what do you do when you feel overwhelmed, frightened, worried, frustrated, or discouraged?
When you choose your goals, make sure you come up with the reasons WHY you want to achieve these goals and resolutions.
The reason must be meaningful for YOU. It must be something that reaches down to the core of YOU and is so powerful for YOU that it helps you find a way to muster the energy to take a step. Then one more. Then another one after that.
Take the time to think about this statement; you may want to journal about it. Distill it to one sentence or a phrase or even just one word. I knew of a woman who used the word “unsinkable” to power herself through a dissolution of a business arrangement where she lost everything—including her home. I have a dear friend of mine who is in the process of turning her life around by using the statement “I’m done with always feeling like a loser.
Your homework today is to help yourself make 2016 your best year yet!
Use the tips in this post to help yourself achieve your goals and resolutions this year!
~Choose only those goals and resolutions that are very, very important to you. It’s okay to have only one goal but if you have more, whittle them down to 5 or 7 goals.
~Come up with the one compelling reason why you want to achieve your goals and resolutions. Boil it down to one sentence or phrase or word.
~Write down your goals and then make a plan of when you’ll work on them. Block out the time on your calendar just like you do for parent-teacher conferences at your child’s school.
By following through you’ll be much less likely to give up on yourself and your dreams!
The next part of your homework is to CELEBRATE the fact that you’re still hanging in there with your dreams and goals.
WooHoo! Go, you!
You can do it, I’m positive you can!
I’m very proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,