With the new year upon us, it seems like everyone is setting goals and resolutions to make this their best year yet. And, while we’re all for self-improvement and doing your best, we also know that many of us fall off the wagon with our goals.
February hits, and we’re back to our old ways, our January goals already behind us.
So, how do we set goals that actually stick? How do we create goals that we’re excited about, and that we actually want to follow through on?
Great questions! And lucky for you, today, we’ve got your answers.
If you’re ready to crush your goals in 2019, use these tips when setting your goals. They could just be the difference between a year of growth or a year of staying the same.
Let’s uncover your goals, shall we?
Tip #1: Figure out what goals really matter to you
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With a fresh start to the year, it’s easy enough to get caught up in the excitement.
But here’s the deal: when you set multiple lofty goals simply based on what comes to mind first, you’re likely not really thinking about what matters to you.
Sure, organizing your home might sounds like a good idea. And perhaps you could make a stronger effort to start eating healthier. But guess what? When you simply start listing out any and every goal that comes to mind, you’re not likely going to stick with it.
To prevent this, reflect on the year prior and identify what worked and what didn’t. You might be surprised to realize that certain areas of your life matter to you more than others. You also might uncover goals that you didn’t even realize you had.
Getting clear about what areas of your life you really want to focus on will help you pick goals that work for you and your life, which will increase your chances of success with your goals.
And, if you’re struggling to figure out what matters to you, here are some tips to help you rest and recharge, which should help bring to light all your most valuable goals.
Tip #2: Set mini goals
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Okay, so you know what areas of your life you want to work on, but now you have to decide what kinds of goals you’ll set for yourself within those areas of your life.
Again, your instinct might be to start listing out some pretty lofty goals for yourself, but as mentioned, often, we set ourselves up for disappointment with this strategy.
So, instead, create mini goals for yourself that will help you slowly get to where you want to be at the end of the year.
For example, if you’ve decided that you want to focus on your health in the new year, instead of making a declaration that you’re going to cut out all sugar and start going to the gym 5 days a week, simply set a goal for yourself that you’ll start drinking more water.
Sure, drinking more water might not seem like the most impactful thing for your life, but when you’re able to accomplish this goal in January, you’ll be more inclined to add to it when February hits, allowing you to set bigger goals for yourself as the year progresses.
It’s all about progress on your goals. Trust us, that’s where the magic will start happening, and you’ll start seeing real results.
Tip #3: Space out your goals
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Another reason why we often let go of our goals is that we try to do too much all at once.
Trust us, we get it, January can be a super inspiring month, and you might be tempted to fit in as many of those mini goals as possible within this first month, but don’t get caught up in the hype. Even though you’re setting mini goals for yourself, if you’re trying to fit in 50 mini goals within one month, it completely defeats the purpose of setting mini goals for yourself. You’re still going to end up overwhelmed and burned out by the time February rolls around.
So, instead of trying to cram in as many goals into January as possible, make an intentional effort to spread your goals out. This will help you build momentum, and will likely motivate you to keep working towards your goals.
Tip #4: Reward yourself
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Speaking of momentum – Don’t forget to celebrate when you make progress on your goals!
It can be something as simple as giving yourself a relaxing spa night at home, or if you really want to celebrate, gift yourself something extravagant that you’ve been lusting after (a new pair of shoes perhaps?)
Whatever it is, rewards for your progress can really help to encourage you to keep pushing through on those goals.
Tip #5: Don’t be afraid to reevaluate your goals
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Your priorities are allowed to shift. Even though you set goals for yourself in January, don’t be scared of changing those goals throughout the year.
If you keep trying to push through on goals that are no longer resonating with you, you likely will give up on that goal, which often creates negative energy towards the rest of your goals. You don’t want this.
To combat this, at the end of each season, reevaluate your goals and decide if they need to be changed slightly, or completely revamped altogether.
This isn’t about giving up on your goals but is instead all about being honest with yourself and really focusing on those goals that matter to you.
Remember: goal setting is a completely personal thing. There is no right or wrong way to do it. At the end of the day, all we’re striving for is a better version of you. Whatever you need to do to make that happen, do it!
It’s time to make 2019 your best year by setting intentional and realistic goals! Who’s with us?