A new year means new beginnings, new opportunities, and new potential. Try as we may, however the resolutions and goals that we set for ourselves every January often have a habit of falling off somewhere along the road. This can be frustrating and disappointing, especially if you’ve set some lofty heights to reach, but it doesn’t have to be. Life happens, sometimes more important things take over the time we had originally set aside for new hobbies and other areas to grow, but luckily there’s some tricks that can help you stay on track or even jump back on if you need a break along the way.
- Let’s be realistic.
Although it’s good to have high goals, make sure that you’re being realistic with what can be attainable within a year’s time. Anything else that you achieve after are like brownie points!
- Make a plan.
Try your best to outline your goals on a schedule. Giving yourself deadlines will help keep you focused and productive.
- Don’t keep things secret.
Actively talk about your goals and projects with those close to you. This will help keep yourself hyped for what’s to come and will also build a trusted support group.
- Reward yourself.
As you check off milestones in your resolutions, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself with things you love along the way. This will give you something tangible to look forward to as you go.
- Don’t get discouraged.
If you find yourself falling behind on your schedule, don’t beat yourself up. Reality is bumpy and things change, but positive thinking and encouraging mindset is what keep things moving forward. Studies show that it takes around 20-30 days before something can become a habit, it may seem tough at the beginning, but with patience is key. You will always be the best cheerleader for yourself. Don’t give up.