It happens every year.
Parties are thrown. People yell the countdown to midnight together. Couples kiss. Fireworks go off. There’s hope and wonder in the air. We celebrate and feel inspired to finally make this new year great. We make resolutions to finally improve our habits, our figure, our relationships, our mental health.
But how many of us actually follow through and accomplish these goals we felt so determined to conquer while we watched the ball drop? How do we stay motivated? Is it possible?
I believe it is!
Here’s how to set goals you’ll actually accomplish this new year:
1. Be realistic
Be honest with yourself about what you can actually get done with the time and resources you have. Dreaming big is great, but you’ll be better motivated if you split your big goals into a few smaller ones. For example, if your ultimate goal is to build a habit of meditating daily, try first meditating once per week, then two to three times per week, and work your way up to every day.
Also, if your goal is a daily habit like this, see if you can stick to it every day for a set amount of time- say, two months. This gives you a clear answer to when you’ve “made it.”
2. Make a plan
Figure out the how’s, when’s, and where’s of your goals, and write them down to have a vision for your path to victory. Create a physical schedule for how often you’ll work at your goal, and stick to it. Keep this schedule in a place in your home or office where you’ll see it often, along with some pictures, quotes, and anything else that motivates you to stay on track.
3. Reward yourself
Achieving your goal will give you a great sense of accomplishment, but rewarding yourself for the milestones along the way will keep you focused and motivated. For the baby steps, treat yourself in small ways. Make bigger, better rewards for further along in your journey. Write these down, too, and have a look at them when you need a boost to keep going!
4. Have accountability
Pick a friend or two and tell them about your goal. Ask them to be your “accountability buddy” and regularly check in on how you’re progressing. Offer to do the same for any goals they have, or invite them to join you in your journey! Everything is more fun with a friend, and you’re a lot more likely to succeed when you enjoy what you’re working at.
Do you have a New Year’s resolution this year? Tell me about how you’re going to accomplish it in the comments below!