At the end of each year we become reflective on what we’ve done, where we have gone and the person whom we have become. 2016 for me was a year of loss, growth, love and travel. 2017 is a time to look to our future and work towards the person we want to be.
If you’re anything like me you’re anticipating the New Year so you can start fresh. I am grateful for everything that 2016 had to offer, but I’m ready to move on and become the Camille I’ve always wanted to be! Most people usually create a list of resolutions that are unfortunately forgotten as the year goes by. I am guilty of doing that more often than not. Here are a few tips to keep yourself in check and have you accomplishing your goals for the whole year. After all, life is a marathon, not a sprint (cheesy, I know).
GOALS INSTEAD OF RESOLUTIONS
First things first, forget about resolutions and focus on your goals. Resolutions are something you firmly decide to do or not do, according to Merriam Webster. However, how many times have you broken your resolutions? In order to be more successful this year I suggest to focus on reaching your goals. These are long-term goals that can slowly be reached with smaller goals that you plan to accomplish throughout the year. Be realistic with your goals too. This will make it more attainable.
For example, if you want to be healthier this year don’t make a resolution to never eat junk food again. That’s an extremely difficult promise to keep. Instead make a goal of adding more veggies into your diet or eating one less slice of pizza each week until you reach zero. If you take it one step at a time, you’ll slowly but surely reach your overall goal.
Last year, I stumbled upon blogger Marianna Hewitt’s new year’s resolution video and she created some great worksheets to help you reach your goals. The point is to focus on a goal, write down the steps backwards from finish to start, and to create action steps to help you move towards that goal. You can find Hewitt’s printable worksheets here.
Is there one specific aspect of your life that you want to improve on? Maybe you want to be more patient or you want to remind yourself to look at failure in a more positive light. Patience or failure would be your word for the year to remind you in every situation to practice what you want to improve on.
I listen to a lot of audio books while I’m stuck in traffic and the most recent book I’ve been listening to was written by John C. Maxwell on intentional living. He talks about using this one word strategy throughout the year to remind yourself of your goal. By remembering that one word you can bring yourself back to your goal for the year. You’ll actually be able to work on it with more intention.
Visualization can aid in keeping you on track with your goals. Post it notes on the mirror or a vision board on your wall will help inspire you and remind you of what you aim to accomplish in 2017. Have fun with it and put any reminders, positive quotes or mantras where it is visible.
If all fails, have a group of people around you to encourage you to keep going when you’re down. If your goal is to build muscle have a workout buddy to push you to go to the gym when you feel like you don’t want to.
The year can get really busy and sometimes we slip up. It’s OKAY! Don’t be so hard on yourself. Just pick yourself back up and try again. Remind yourself that you are human and it is normal to stray away from your promises for 2017, but know you can always make it right and get back to what you set out to do.
Some of my goals for this year is to get lean and toned, learn French and to lead my life with love. What are some of your New Year’s goals? Comment below 🙂
Happy New Year!