It’s the new year and by now you’ve got a nice list of goals that you want to accomplish. If you’re like me, I sometimes create these overambitious goals that sound good but in reality, I end up setting myself up for failure. Remember it’s a marathon…not a sprint.
There are 3 tips that I’ll share that are really helping me knock out my goals this year and not get overwhelmed or create unrealistic goals. I know we’re not even that deep into the new year yet, but the adjustments that I’ve made to how I approach setting my goals and seeing them through have been so beneficial already!
Write them down
I’m not sure why I didn’t really do this before. I think I thought I’d remember all of my goals and it was no big deal to recall them in my head. This year, I wrote down all of my goals and I try to refer to them at least 1-2 times a week. When I look back at them I quickly evaluate what type of progress I’ve made on them so far. I ask myself questions such as: Am I being consistent? Which goals do I struggle with the most and why? Am I making progress to achieving my goals? Asking these questions helps me to quickly evaluate my goals and my current mindset around that goal.
Set realistic goals
Be real with yourself. Are you really going to work out once a day? Or is 3-4 times a week actually better to start with? One of my goals this year is to work out more often ( I know, I know..so typical). I’ve created a plan to work out at least 3 times a week on the days that I work from home, plus once on the weekend. If I can’t work from home that week, then I commit to doing an at home work out as a substitution. I used to always set a goal of working out every morning for 30 minutes. Guess what? I’d always do it for a couple of days and then I’d stop. However, since I’ve now decided to commit to 3 days, there’s less pressure and I’m able to pace myself since I’m out of shape. I encourage you to think about what’s actually going to be realistic and will work for you. Set goals that get you a bit outside of your comfort zone, but also make sure that the goals you’ve set are still attainable if you remain consistent and committed.
Hold yourself accountable
If you don’t have any accountability, it’s so easy to slack off. This could mean that you find yourself an accountability partner, support group, utilize a goal tracker, etc. I personally haven’t had much luck with accountability partners but I do think they can be beneficial if you have the right one. I found a planner at TJ Maxx that has a monthly goal tracker. I use that to track my progress and hold myself accountable. If I’m able to check off that I completed my goal for the day, it’s a great feeling and I’m able to easily keep track of all of my goals in once place!
Hopefully, these quick tips help you successfully accomplish your goals this year. Another great resource is to check out Jen over at Living Out Goals. She has a free 10 step guide to help you achieve those goals that you can’t seem to accomplish. I’ve been referring to it quite a bit already this year to make sure that I stay on track and use steps that work for me to get my goals completed.
What are you doing differently to accomplish your goals this year? Share with me in the comments below!