If you haven’t already seen them then you must be off social media. The beginning of January always brings a fresh wave of ‘new year, new me’ posts. This is a great sentiment to bring into the new year. You pick up those old weights that you were using to balance your table, roll out the yoga mat you bought during that Black Friday sale, finally stock up on all the ingredients you need to make those smoothie bowls your favourite Instagram food blogger is always posting. No matter what your goals are, we want to help make sure you keep them simple and manageable.
Make them specific
“I want to be better” is what you hear when you ask someone what their goal for the new year is. Ask them how and that’s where they begin to stutter. Make sure you are as specific as possible so that you have a clear goal in mind. “I want to be able to run the Lewa marathon this year” is much better than “I want to run a marathon this year”.
Give yourself small, daily goals
It is easy to set a big target, start working on it then wondering 6 months down the line why you are not even halfway close to achieving it. If your goal is to learn how to cook, give yourself the weekly goal of cooking one dish every week.
Make your goals small
We are all guilty of picking something grand that we want to accomplish by the end of the year. If you can do it then, by all means, do it! However, it can be more motivating to give yourself a small goal, reaching it then setting another one and so on and so forth. By the end of the year, you will have accomplished more than one thing.
Writing down your goals and the steps to take to get there is a great way to track your progress and stay accountable for any moments when you lose focus. When things start to get busy you don’t have to remember if you met your weekly goal, you can always refer to your notes and pick up where you left off.
Get a resolution buddy
Self-motivation is what starts you off but there will come a point where you will need a buddy to get you off that couch and on your way to your cooking class. You can choose to pair up with a friend who has a similar goal or go big and get a trainer or a life coach.