Hi all! It’s that time where everyone is using the new year to revamp themselves whether it be health, work, exercise, hairstyle changes, maybe a new set of rims on your car – you name it! There’s no end of ways to improve your life, no matter how big or how small. Although some people say “resolutions are stupid, you’re never going to change”, I am a firm believer that you can make a significant change to your life not only around the new year – you can do it whenever you want! All it takes is discipline, perserverance and motivation.
It’s really easy to say broad things such as “I want to eat healthier” or “I want to be a better person”. What is healthy, what is better? What does it mean to you and how are you going to do it? These goals are so general and broad that they are actually hard to achieve. Many of these sayings are things that you hear all the time – they don’t stand out in your mind, therefore you will probably not remember them. This is the first mistake in goal setting, which I discussed in my last post (which was a million and one months ago, so I doubt you recall). A good, achievable goal is one that is specific, measurable and timely – S.M.A.R.T.!!!! My middle school teachers would be so proud.
I find it helpful during goal-setting to develop a form of accountability check. This could be a friend, family member, significant other or reminders on your phone for example. I love to use reminders that are short and concise. I write down my goals in my journal and expand on them – they aren’t easy to read back to myself quickly. Once I have it all thought out, I break it down into something shorter that I can fit on a sticky note to put by my desk or in a note on my phone. I use this as my mantra that I can say to myself when I need a mental reminder. Another way I hold myself accountable is by setting an alarm on my phone for each Sunday night (called “Sunday ~ReFlEcTiOn~” in fact) so I remember to sit down, reflect on how I did the past week and prepare a game plan for the week ahead.
This year I decided to brainstorm a few things that I generally want to improve about myself and my life in 2019. I gathered a few and decided that my best plan of attack is to create smaller goals month-by-month that are more specific and measurable that help me to achieve the overall goal. Doing this, I can use the end of each month as a benchmark to check up on myself and see where I’m at in my journey. If you have trouble with setting goals for yourself, this might be a good way to be more successful because you aren’t looking so far in the future than you can procrastinate.
I would share my resolutions but I like to keep some things to myself! It motivates me to work on myself for myself – no one else. I am very excited about the turn from 2018 to 2019 – this year looks to have a lot of exciting, new experiences that will bring me great memories, lessons and (hopefully) more blog posts! 🙂