For us January always brings anticipation, excitement and the chance to hit the restart button. It's the culmination of a year and the start of a new path that we get to cultivate. While goals can be set any time of the year, January is often starting point because often the holiday affords us time off of our daily routine where we can sit and just be, even if it's for a few seconds.
Sadly after the glow of New Year's has faded and day 10 arrives, most goals are gone if not forgotten. So how do you make them stick? Try these 5 tips to get you to the finish line.
1. Decide you truly want change.
Okay sound obvious, but really think about the goals you will be setting. Are they things you are willing to work for? If not, you’re wasting your time. If you want something to work you have put in the time. You're not making a wish, you're making a change.
2. Pick a few realistic goals.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with a crazy to do list; you’ll be defeated before you ever begin. Instead, pick a few big goals that you want to work toward and break them down into realistic bite size pieces. When you have small steps toward that big goal you can measure your progress, which makes you feel accomplished and helps you stay on track.
3. Write it down - everywhere.
Once you write something down, it becomes a bit more permanent. Put up your goals as a reminder where you can see them everyday like on a sticky note stuck to your computer. If you don't want the whole list visible, pick your next step and toss it when you're done. Remember: out of sight, out of mind!
4. Revamp your goals throughout the year.
Goals propel you forward so it makes sense that along the path toward accomplishment things are going to change or life may throw up a few road blocks. You hold the power. Shift your plans, take a step back, but keep your eye on the prize.
5. Stay positive.
No one's perfect. It is easy to get excited when thinking about goals, but just as easy to get derailed if things are hard or not going the way you planned. This doesn’t mean things aren’t happening or that you are not trying. Stay positive and try again tomorrow.