It’s a brand new year, and I am sure you have some resolutions for 2016. We all want to improve our lives; we want to be healthier, happier and fitter this year. But most of us don’t stick to our resolutions for long; we easily get discouraged and give up far too quickly. I hope I can encourage you to stick to them and achieve those resolutions this year, by showing you how you can accomplish your goals in a simpler way. Even hard to accomplish tasks can be made easier when broken down into smaller, easier to handle changes. Let’s make this the year for a new and improved you. I hope to give you some advice that should help you achieve your objectives.
First I would like you to see your resolutions as goals you have for this year. Make a list of your goals from most important to least. Don’t make your goals too broad; you need to narrow down your goal into achievable objectives. Don’t have a goal to eat healthier, break it up into several reachable targets. One could be to drink more water, another would be to eat less sugar. You may have a long list but make only one change or goal for each aim on your list.
Your list may look something like this.
- I want to exercise once a week
- I want to drink eight glasses of water a day
- I want to exercise twice a week
- I want to eat less sugar
- I want to exercise three times a week
- I want to only drink one soda a week
- I want to keep a list of calories I consume
- I want to make meals that are healthy for my family
- I want to spend more time with my family
Your list can end up pretty long. The important thing is to make your goals small enough that you can accomplish them easily. Now put dates on them, you are only going to work on one new goal at a time. This makes it easier to stick to the changes you want, you will be less likely to burn out and give up.
I suggest doing one new goal for at least a week before you add on another one. You want to make the first goal a habit before you add on the next goal. You may need to have two weeks for one goal and less for another it all depends on how tough you make your goals. I suggest you make them as easy as you can, this will go a long way in helping you stick to your goals. If you have trouble with one goal don’t stop and give up just give it some more time, the important thing is to be persistent.
Your list should look something like this now
- January 4th – I want to exercise once a week
- January 11th – I want to drink eight glasses of water a day
- January 18th – I want to exercise twice a week
- January 25th – I want to eat less sugar
- February 1st – I want to exercise three times a week
- February 15th – I want to drink only one soda a week
- February 22nd – I want to keep a list of calories I consume and activity
- March 7th – I want to make healthy meals for my family
- March 21st I want to spend more time with my family
After you have made your list, put it up where you’ll see it daily. You should make more than one copy of your list and if you put a copy of it on your phone or computer, you can even set them up to send you reminders of which goals you are reaching to accomplish. Highlight the ones you are currently working on. I would suggest that you also give a copy to a friend, who will help you stick to your new goals. Remember this still won’t be easy but it will be easier than trying to do it all of them at once. It will take a lot of work and diligence on your side, but remember you are worth all the effort you put into it. Make this the year for the new you.
It’s so much easier to make one small change at a time. We can make it a habit before we move on down our list to the next goal, while still doing the previous goals. You will be on the road to success and not failure.