Every year, we, as human being, draw the same pattern: the year finishes, we do a mental summary of what we achieved, whether good or bad things happened to us, and we make “good resolutions” for the year to come, such as for the most popular: “lose weight and get fit”, “quit smoking”, “save money” or “get more rest”. This is all coming from a good intention: we know where we are in our lives and that we can do better. However, we keep our good resolution until we forget about the new year and fall back in our old habits.
But… Not this year! I read a book lately that taught me that “our past does not define our future”. There are 5 steps that can help being accountable and reaching 2018’s objectives!
First, do not name it “resolutions”. I don’t like this word as it seems it just have been made for New Year. Moreover, people use it in a negative way, either for themselves such as ” I am not enough, so I am going to try to be better by making good resolutions”, or towards others like “I hope you made new resolutions for the year to come”. Nope. This year, I decided to make GOALS for 2018. Because we do not keep resolutions, but we keep our goals/objectives/targets.
Then, write your goals down. This can be on your phone, in your journal, on a paper, anything. It is good to think about it, but it is better to write it, so you can refer to it throughout the year, wether purposely looking at it or finding this paper or note. Plus it helps you visualize where you want to be by the end of the year, and that’s really motivating.
Create little goals steps. This part is very important to reach your main goal and it keeps you from setting unreachable goals. For example, one of my goals is to drop 10% of fat. My steps are to drop 5% by June and the other 5% from June to December 2018. It really helps to remain accountable and avoid being overwhelmed by unreachable goals.
Keep track of your results. This works for everything, wether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, sleep more or save money, you can use your smartphone (or a piece of paper) and record your progress! On a piece of paper, it can be as easy as making squares with a number of days, a weight countdown or a money-saving jar that you can colour throughout the year
Treat yourself! And this is the best part that will keep you motivated. When you reach a small goal, do treat yourself and get yourself something you want! Please avoid treating yourself with a cigarette if you are trying to quit smoking or with a Mcdonald’s if you are trying to lose weight, but maybe a nice dress, new sports bra or shoes, or even a mani/pedi is always nice!
I hope this steps towards an amazing 2018 help you.
Please leave in the comments what your new year goals are!