No more resolutionsJan 31, 2022
A New Year, A Fresh Start
The new year signals an opportunity to start with a clean slate and set the tone for goal crushing for the coming year, but it is not exactly a catalyst for change.
A Fresh Start, Now What?
Start small. We tend to overestimate how much we can accomplish in the short-term (e.g., in a day) and set ourselves up for failure. Whether you are starting off with a laundry list of goals or just a few, narrow it down to small but meaningful goals. If your big picture goal is to develop a five-day fitness routine and you have not exercised for the last five years, you are more likely to achieve your goal if you start with an action-oriented, reasonable goal like parking a little further from your building. You can then build on your successes by adding more time and variation to your goal (e.g., walking for 15 minutes during your lunch break).
Prioritize. Think about what it would look like to approach your goal one day at time, or even one Monday at a time (i.e., one week at a time with Monday being your anchor). This will be based on a reasonable assessment of how much time you can commit to your goal. Once you have nailed this down, dedicate a specific time and place to work on the goal and prioritize it. Schedule it like you would any other appointment and let anybody who will listen know about it, especially those who are most likely to infringe on this time. We’ll talk about setting boundaries in a future post.
Remember your why. There’s a reason you are doing this and that reason is likely the most powerful predictor of whether you will succeed. Assuming your goals are aligned with your values and purpose, make sure to keep your goal and your why front and center. Use a post-it, a daily calendar reminder, a screensaver, or some other visual cue to remind you why failure is not an option. The more meaningful your cue, the more likely it is to motivate you.
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