Hopefully, you’ve made time over the past week to consider your top two goals for the new year. With these goals in mind, we’ll move on to week two – Go for the Goal.
It’s never easy to begin a new habit. Especially after the holidays, temptation to relax and indulge are ever present. But within the next few weeks, you’ll find yourself on a journey to success. How are new habits formed? One goal and one day at a time.
Planning until we’re blue in the face will never produce results. So, we have to put ourselves out there! Go to the gym. Take that morning walk. Choose health. Sometimes, just the thought of taking action toward our goals can be overwhelming. For example, if you haven’t been to the gym since January 2012, the first workouts of 2013 might be intimidating.
If we’re going to achieve our goals, though, we have to take action! Here are a few tips to help you stick to and accomplish your goals for the year.
Set your mind for success. We’re all motivated in different ways, so find what works for you. Most people find it helpful to use positive self-talk to stave off procrastination. What works? Try thinking, “Will this help me reach my goal or set me back from it?” This is especially helpful in the early days of forming new habits; before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your goal!
Setbacks will happen. Eating that doughnut or skipping that evening workout after a long day is bound to happen. Don’t stress over setbacks! No one is perfect. Admit momentary failure and get back at it! Don’t let a temporary setback become a year-long defeat. We’re after lasting success, not temporary results.
Consistency is key. This is the number one most important concept in achieving success of any kind. Habits are made one day at a time! Keep at your goal, especially the small, specific parameters you set during week one. Keeping a journal is a great way to keep yourself accountable and remember how far you’ve come. Workout journals and food diaries are great options to stabilize your path to success. You’re on your way to a successful 2013! Keep at your goals; next week we’ll tackleanother step to goal-setting success!