Come on now, how many times have you actually kept a New Year’s Resolution past the end of January? Me neither, until recently!! I totally subscribe to the whole idea though; I think a new year is a perfect opportunity to give you motivation and inspiration to make changes in your life. I never set myself the traditional resolutions anymore though; I call mine New Year Goals.
// Start now! Christmas is my busiest time of year, work wise, but as soon as I finish work for Christmas I start working on my goals for the next year. You don’t have to wait until the 1st of January to make changes and starting early is a great way to get into new habits before the year even starts.
// Make your goals specific. Don’t just decide to start a business – what will you sell? Where will you sell it? Deciding to “lose weight” is not easy to stick to, but if you want to “drop a dress size before summer” you have something specific to aim for.
// Create boundaries for your goals. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? Get more sleep would be a great resolution in terms of improving your health, but it would be even better to set yourself a boundary – “go to bed at 10pm, three nights a week” is much easier to define.
// Be realistic. We can all be dreamers with big ideas and grand plans, but we have busy demanding lives at times too, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Goals that are easier to achieve will inspire you to push yourself further, especially when you’ve managed to strike a few off your list already!
// Start small and set yourself a review date later in the year. If you’re doing really well and smashing your goals, move the goal posts so you can push yourself further. If you’re not keeping to your goals, maybe it’s time to loosen them up. Resolutions are easy to set at the start of a year, but you can’t predict what the future will bring that might put a spanner in the works. Relaxing your aims is not failing, instead it’s allowing yourself to achieve your goal over a longer period of time instead of just giving up entirely.
This is your year!! We wish you an incredible 2017 and don’t forget to share your goals with us on social media!