Raise your hand if you make a New Year’s Resolution every month.
I’ll go ahead and let y’all know right now that both of my hands are raised.
Before the beginning of each year, I make all these goals for myself, “I’m going to drink more water, work out more, stop eating so many potato chips, save more money, etc.”, and like a lot of other people out there, after the first week of my new and improved lifestyle, I slowly start reverting to my old bad habits.
By the end of January, I end up berating myself for giving up too quickly and I say to myself “No worries, I’ll just pick back up on February 1st!” and then I repeat this same process 10 more times that year. Sound familiar?
So, I have just one question for you. Why?Why do you want to work out more? Why do you want to eat healthier or drink more water? Why do you want to save money?
If you can find your why, it will make whatever you want to achieve seem that much closer because you’ll no longer be battling yourself. LET YOURSELF BE GREAT!
Since I could no longer use the excuse of “I don’t have the time”, I’ve tried to take advantage of the last couple of months by starting new habits and I genuinely feel like this time is going to be successful. Here’s a few tips that I’ve learned along the way that can help you along the way:
- Write down your goal so you can see it. It can be a progress journal, a printed calendar, a sticky note taped to the dashboard of your car, or even written on your mirror with a dry erase marker. Seeing your goal daily can remind you of your reason why.
- Make a plan, for real. Want to work out more? Find classes at a gym near you or decide on your own schedule with pre-planned sets. Want to save more money? Commit to putting $20 of every check immediately into savings and making your own coffee and packing a lunch on Tuesdays instead of making those Starbucks and Chipotle trips.
- Set smaller realistic goals to accomplish as you work your way up to your big goal. Rome wasn’t built in a day people. Start slow, build up momentum and keep working towards achieving your big goal.
- Speak your goal into existence! Once you tell your boo, your bestie, or your family about your goal, you have to work on it. Can’t let them or yourself down.
- Orrrr, find a teammate. If you have a friend with a similar interest or goal, check in with each other often and support each other in your progress. Celebrate the small wins, together!
The hardest thing about trying to change a lifestyle varies by person because we all face our own individual challenges. I honestly believe that the reason I’ve struggled to accomplish some of my own personal goals in the past was that I didn’t understand my reason why. I wanted to be healthier or save more money because I felt like I should, for whatever reason. Because of this, I’ve never really had a good plan and I wasn’t really motivated so it was way to easy to tell myself “It’s okay, you can cheat and go to Starbucks this morning..even though you have coffee at home“.
Soooo, long story short, I give you Rule # 3:
Don’t just talk about it, be about it.