When new years rolls around, we begin creating this fantasy of this better version of ourselves, creating long laundry lists of all the things we need to become that 'better self'. While it's great to want to set new goals and make positive life changes, we first need to reflect on all we've accomplished over the past year.
Before you start creating your list, we urge you to spend some time positively reflecting on the year you just had; giving yourself credit for all you've accomplished and all that you made it through! Make a list of the top three qualities you love about yourself, five of your top achievements through out the year, and the three things you are most proud of! Spend some time looking at this list and then begin to create your new years goal in a positive and healthy mindset!
When we overwhelm ourselves with too many goals or too big of goals, we often times get overwhelmed and burnt out in just a few days! Our tip, once you've created your list of goals, come up with three actionable steps for each one. These steps should be simple enough that you can implement them into your daily regime the same week.
For example, if your goal is to eat healthier this year, create 3 actionable ways for you to reach this goal. Lets say you aren't eating as many veggies as you'd like, you may or may not be addicted to coffee having about two a day on average and you eat out at least 5 times a week. Now here's what an your attainable goal could look like:
1. Meal prep and pack lunch 3 times a week starting out (this will save a lot of money)
2. Ease out of drinking coffee every morning by having 1 cup every other day and try experimenting with teas you can substitute for coffee.
3. Add veggies to your diet by experimenting with veggie noodles or add spinach to a pasta dish, an omelet, or a flatbread pizza!
The truth of the situation is that we are creatures of habit who do not simply change overnight! Make sure that your actionable steps will help you ease out of your bad habit or welcome your new one into your routine in a natural and not so forced way!
Now that you've created your list of goals you want to achieve, rank them from hardest to easiest as well as most desired goal to achieve to least. This will allow you to focus on one goal at a time, rather than all 15 at once!
At this point you've reflected on all you accomplished last year, you've made a list of goals for the new year, along with actionable steps, while listing out what is a top priority or not. And after all this work we don't want your resolutions to only last three weeks! So this means it's time to create a time line for the next year.
Try breaking 2018 up by 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and end of year 12 months! This allows you to plan out your goals and create timelines to hold yourself accountable throughout the year.
In a few weeks, if you've found yourself veering off from your original goals, check back to this list to allow yourself to get back on track with where you want to be!
We wish you all the best in this new year and hope this post reminded you that you can achieve all that you want to this year with a little bit of determination and taking it step by step!