Happy New Year! At the start of a new year, many people desire to make changes in their lives and set their sights on things they want to accomplish. But when you think about setting new year goals, there are a few things to think about.
Take a minute to determine where you are.
Many times over the New Year, people jump into a long list of goals without really assessing where they are. Although the main goals typically revolve around weight and exercise, it’s important to consider other areas of your life and not just one. You may have goals in regards to work, spirituality, relationships, health and fitness, or finance. Working on different areas can create balance in your life.
Set goals that are realistic and attainable.
As you work toward your goals, make sure they are attainable and realistic. Setting goals that can be met can build a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to keep going. If the chosen goals are out of reach, it can be easy to get discouraged and consider quitting. After meeting your goals, you can choose new ones.
Some attainable goals include:
- I will add a serving of vegetables to my dinner every day.
- I will choose water and stop drinking soda.
- I will ask a friend to walk with me once per week.
- I will spend 10 minutes doing meditation daily.
Make goals that are measurable.
If you choose goals that are vague, it will be difficult to determine if you have achieved those goals. Find a way to ensure these goals are met. This will keep you accountable and on target. Here are some examples of measurable goals.
- “Ill sit at the table with my children for breakfast at least five mornings a week” vs. “I’ll make more time for my family.”
- “I’ll invite one friend out for coffee every other Wednesday evening” vs. “I’ll be better at keeping in touch with friends.”
- “I’ll straighten the house for 15 minutes every day after dinner” vs. “I’ll keep my house cleaner this year.”
Reward yourself for achieving your goals.
Making changes is not always easy. It’s important to reward yourself for what you achieve, and also surprising how small rewards can refuel you and keep you motivated to reach the next step.
- Treat yourself to a new workout shirt after you accomplish a fitness challenge.
- Allow yourself a fancy coffee after making coffee at home for a week to save money.
- Relax and spend time reading your favorite book after completing a work task.
It can be difficult to stay on track. Expect setbacks and realize that you don’t need to be perfect. The most important thing is to keep your goals at the forefront of your mind and keep working to meet them, even when times get tough. If you fall behind, get back on track and don’t look back. Continue to look ahead. When you meet your goals, don’t forget to make new ones to stay motivated. Here’s to a great 2022!