Let me start of by saying thank you to 2015, which for me like many was filled with highs and lows, milestones, moments of awe, excitement and gratitude along with the mundaneness of everyday life with and a few misadventures thrown in for good measure.
Like many, the New Year brings with it the hope for a better year and for some closure on any unwanted moments, events and heartache that the previous year might have dealt them.
December has come and gone, party dresses and the evidence of Christmas packed away, and all that lingers is our New Year resolutions which more often than not are overly ambitious promises. Promises we make to ourselves all in hopes of bettering our lives and our experiences.
However, now that we are well into January and the haze and euphoria of new years has dwindled from a roaring passion and enthusiasm to a guilty reminder of promises we are already pushing aside as reality reveals its ugly head and the harshness of daylight weighs heavily on our shoulders making it all seem so difficult and unattainable.
Now is the perfect time to reaffirm, readjust and recommit to making this year, 2016, what we originally hoped for. Below are some helpful ways and an overall mindset that makes this process easier and lessens the daunting aspect of committing to an entire year.
Firstly, don’t be disheartened if you’ve already broken your new year’s resolutions. You are human, which means you are perfectly flawed, so making mistakes and taking back steps is all a part of the process.
I came across a quote that I think helps to realize that if we want to achieve our goals or anything in life for that matter.
“Press on – Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge
Quick, easy, small…
My advice is instead of overwhelming yourself with complex, time and labor intensive resolutions, start with one, yes just one goal, it should be a small goal that takes little time out of your day. It should be a goal that you know you can easily achieve, something that takes very little effort and thought. Sounds easy right? This is exactly the point of picking such a goal. Write it done, remember it, repeat it over and over so it settles in the forefront of your mind.
Start now, doesn’t wait till tomorrow morning, next week, next month. Just start doing it right now, whatever your goal might be. And before you say well I’ve already failed for today it doesn’t matter, if you aren’t willing to start now, you’re even less likely to start tomorrow morning. The more excuses you make the more used to hearing them you’ll become and subsequently the more you will put of achieving your goals. So don’t pick a date, not January 1st, not tomorrow or Monday, just start right now, right this second.
At this point you might be thinking this is all well and good but, my hopes and wishes for 2016 included more than just making my bed every morning, which is exactly what I hope you would be thinking. Think big, achieve big, scare yourself with your dreams, be proactive, consistent and surprise yourself when you see yourself achieving and surpassing what you ever imagined possible for your life. The reason for picking one small task, and being consistent is to take your goal from, just that, a goal, and turn it into a habit that at the end of the month, with consistency you’ll find yourself having no trouble incorporating this new goal into your everyday life.
After one month, you’ll already be a better version of yourself, one step closer to becoming the person you want to be, with better foundations that again further align with the person you are hoping to become, and closer to living the life you dream of. You’ll also benefit by realizing that you can achieve goals you set for yourself, which in turn will build your confidence in yourself and give you momentum and enthusiasm to tackle the next goal and the one after that. As this continues to happen, and as you begin accomplishing a new goal every month and your confidence continues to grow, and with it your goals will become more ambitious.
The process is simple, and easy which is why it is successful. Pick a new habit to incorporate into your life each and every month.
Here I thought I’d share with you my first three goals for the year…
My first goal for the year is to have one green smoothie every day… (Something I was doing on a fairly regular basis, however am just committing to do so everyday this month)
Begin every morning with acknowledging three things I am grateful for in my life
Make my bed every morning
What are your goals? What inspires you?