I personally prefer to make a list of goals whenever the inspiration hits me! Which ends up being pretty often. I don’t know if it’s over ambitious or not but I usually feel like I end up accomplishing more rather than waiting to do it once a year on January 1st.
However, this post will be all about how to make goals and succeed at obtaining them since many people like to do it once a year. A recent study from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology found only eight percent of those who make a New Year’s resolution see their goals come to fruition. Here are my suggestions based on what I have learned through research and experience:
1. First of all, think about what makes you happy
When you are happy, others around you can be happy too. Everyone deserves to be happy. It is also a way of thinking! There is a chance you are just looking at things the wrong way and when you realize that, it is like a weight lifted off of your shoulders. Everything about how we judge our own lives is based on our attitude and how we look at the world around us. But still, recognize that if there is something realistically you can do that you think will make you happier, do it! Like moving to a different city or finally dying your hair blue! And I do think all goals and resolutions are created to make your life happier and more fulfilled. So this is really the first step!
2. Make a plan.
A goal without a plan is really just a wish! Map it out in steps. If you want to get fitter, you have to consider things like, how am I going to change my diet? I have to start including more fruits and veggies in my life, so how often do I have to go to the store? How often should I start working out? Do I need a trainer? What time of day can I fit it in? Should I start with two days a week and work up to four days a week? Figure it out. Don’t just leave it at “Lose Weight.”
3. Start small.
Get the easy stuff out of the way. It is always good to feel like something is getting done. This applies to cleaning/organizing projects, a full day of errands, etc as well.
4. Habits take 21 days
If you want to start a new habit, you have to be consistent and diligent. You cannot start it for one week and then take a break! You will just mess up the system so you have to keep pushing yourself. Soon enough it will seem natural. Whether you are adding a new step to your bedtime routine or making yourself take a moment out of every day to take a breath and relax, intentional habits are most often good ones.
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