It’s officially 2020, the start of a new year and a new decade. For many, the New Year is a time of resolutions and fresh starts. It’s a time where we are more motivated than ever to make changes to our lives in an effort to have our #bestyearever. But what happens when the New Year motivation dies down? What about when work starts to get stressful or our kids game gets rescheduled and we miss the gym? How about when our new diet falls apart because of the food day for Susie’s birthday? What then? We’ve got 3 tips to help make sustaining your goals for the year a little easier.
- Start with small, sustainable changes. We are all well intentioned about wanting to improve our lives but it’s important to keep in mind that we don’t have to do it all at once. Pick one or two changes to start with. Once you’ve built habits with these small items, add another one or two and build from there. Remember, lots of small changes add up to big ones over the course of a lifetime.
- Try again. You’re not perfect, none of us are, and you’re bound to mess things up. When that happens, remember that you have a choice. A choice to beat yourself up over it and a choice to try again. Nutrition choices are a great example for this one. If you weren’t prepared on January 1 and ended up ordering carry out for dinner (full disclosure, this was us), will you scrap your entire plan? I sure hope not! Instead, try again beginning with breakfast the next morning.
- Get a support system. Find a friend, family member, or coach and share your goals with them. Ask them to hold you accountable and check in with them periodically. It’s a lot harder to find excuses when you’re answering to somebody else. If you need a place to start, schedule a complimentary goal setting session with one of our coaches HERE. We’d love to hear what you’re working on this year and want to help you succeed however we can.
So what are you waiting for? 2020 is your year. Let’s crush it together!
** For more help on setting goals, check out James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits.”