Howdy! How are my new year resolutioners doing? Were you super inspired to reach all your goals when January 1st 2020 hit? Yeah, me neither. Kudos to you if you were and are killing it. All too often people fail at their resolutions. Studies show 80% of resolutions fail by February. Why is this? And what can you do to make it past February?
I am notorious for setting many goals in the new year. In fact, too many! It’s great to have goals and ambition moving into a new year but how do we keep to them? The key is to focus on one goal at a time. I repeat, one. goal. at. a. time. Focusing on 12 goals at a time is overwhelming. I get distracted and don’t know where to start. So, here is my foolproof plan. Start with ONE goal. Even if you have 12, start with one. Work on one goal per month and make it a habit so it’s set in routine when you move onto the next goal. Also make your goals SMART:
So you want to lose weight this year? A SMART goal would be, “I want to lose 20lbs by the end of March.” This is specific (20lbs), measurable (keep tabs on weight loss each week), attainable (1-2lbs/week is safe for weight loss), relevant (Do you actually want to lose weight?), and timely (by the end of March).
Another example of a SMART goal: Instead of, “I want to run more,” say, “I want to run 3 miles a week for the next 6 months.”
Instead of, “I want to have a gratitude journal,” say, “I will write in a journal every morning and list 3 things I’m grateful for.”
Instead of, “I will exercise more,” say, “I will work out at least 3 days per week for the rest of the year.”
Ya get the point? It’s simple – focus on one goal at a time and make it SMART. Now go rock out those goals! Let me know how this works for you.