With the New Year underway, do you have your resolutions set? Do you have your list of positive life-style changes you want to make this year? I have never been a person who makes New Year’s resolutions simply because resolutions seem all or nothing. I know it is human nature to want to start fresh from a definitive point in time, but so commonly we allow everyday life to eventually slip us away from our original good intentions. Maybe it is partially because we set the standard too high, and to stay on track and accomplish our goal is unreasonable. We simply set ourselves up for failure every year. Some of the resolutions I have seen posted on various pages are things like to become a better person, to work out more, to work less, and to eat better, to name a few. Many of these are reasonable, but it also depends on the person. For example, I feel a person who is 100 pounds overweight, and wants to look like a model or body builder by beach-time in the summer could set themselves up for failure. Rather than strive for 100 pounds in a relatively short time, start with 10 pounds as your goal in the first month by eating healthier and exercising moderately. As you become stronger and healthier, perhaps up the ante at that point and modify your goals. Smaller incremental goals will probably result in much greater long-term success in keeping your resolution.
Another important consideration when you set goals is to write everything down on paper and mark your accomplishments toward your end goal. Not only does this help to keep you on track, but it allows you to see from where you started and that you actually are making progress toward your goal. There is a saying, “If it was not written down, then it did not occur.” If you do not write down your goal and your accomplishments along the way, then in the end it did not occur, or at least it is easier for our minds to trick us into thinking that way. My husband and I are goal-oriented people. In our relationship and home life, we tend to sit down, talk about what we desire to do, make goals, and write them down on paper or on the computer. Writing out our goals makes us accountable, and usually we are able to achieve much greater success. By writing everything down, the smaller incremental steps serve to motivate my husband and I along the way. Just realize that smaller steps are more prone to fluctuate, perhaps not in the desired direction. Keep focused on the final goal you want to accomplish and motivate yourself with the smaller successes along the way that are in the right direction.
Best wishes for success on your goals, and again Happy New Year!