So did you make it past February 2nd? Have you given up on making things right with your family? or giving up coke? or cooking healthier meals? or simply loving yourself more? Are you back in the same place you were last year and maybe the previous years?
In case you're on the February 2nd bandwagon, here are a few tips to get you off and towards things that matter to you!
-Write out what you want to change. Even if you're already done this, it's good to be reminded of what your goals are.
-Recommit to your goals by listing what it will take to get there. For example, in order for me to work out before work, I must wake up by 5:30am which means I must actually get to bed on time.
-Remember that there's nothing magical about tomorrow, or Mondays or your anniversary to start something. Today's as good a day as any.
-Understand that though you often feel super, you will have challenges and simply have to start over. It's completely ok to stumble when you're working towards a goal; I believe stumbles give our success dimension and a better appreciation for our deserved reward. Even you, as determined as you are, will lose track sometimes. Just get back on it.
-You will not fail. For many of us, our starting point is failure. We look at the past, or other people's experiences and decide that we will never get that thing we really want. But we put on our fake confidence mask and half-heartedly pursue our goals anyway, only to balk when challenges arise. You will not fail; it might take a few attempts, longer than other people and revisions to your strategy, but you will not fail. Keep trying.
-Remember your motivation. Why is this thing important to you? Remind yourself of why you want to make this accomplishment and use that to spur you on.
-Be your own cheerleader. I am time-challenged...as in I know the time, but you know, I'll get there. This year, I'm working on becoming more time-conscious. I get scoffed at all the time when I share this goal, not because my support system is mean, but we often just don't see how others will change that thing that seems so ingrained. Whenever I am able to adhere to my schedule, I celebrate myself a little and use that to keep trying.
So let's keep working on making 2015 an amazing year! I would love to hear your thoughts!