The beginning of a new year is a time filled with hope, new opportunities and thoughts of bettering one’s life. Whether we break out an unblemished calendar or merely write down our thoughts into a notebook, there is a sense of a fresh new start on the first of January. Yet, all too often we stumble over the first steps of change and quietly retreat to old, unhealthy habits. Why not start off by determining that this year will not only be different, but it will be better by setting new goals for the year.
How to guide for goal setting
- Write down goals and review them
Resolutions that are not written down are destined to fail quickly. By not giving yourself a physical place to write out your thoughts, your new list is going to be difficult to follow. Keep your list of New Year’s goals in a place where you will see them regularly, so you are able to self-reflect and review your commitment to bettering yourself.
Here are some great places to put your ideas:
- Tape your goals to your bathroom mirror. This is a place we all know we spend minutes to hours each day. This will be the first and last thing you look at each day.
- Tape your goals to your refrigerator. For goals that require some accountability and determination, your fridge is a perfect place.
- Computer screen. Your computer screen is perfect for a nice screensaver of your goals. Even your smartphone wallpaper is a perfect place that is always going to be with you to remind you of your new goal setting ideas.
2. Create goals for different areas of your life
Sure, you may be most concerned with specific areas in your life you would like to change, but only focusing on one area is going to cause you unwanted stress. If you set one or two goals in each category, you are bound to see a change in every area. For example, you can set life-changing goals in the following areas:
- Health or fitness
3. Make goals measurable
In order to stick to your goals in the New Year, it is important to set goals that are not out of reach. Yes, it is important to challenge yourself, but if your goals are too far-fetched you might find yourself lacking motivation. The best way to set goals that are life-changing and obtainable, set goals that can be measured upon success. For example:
- I will sign up for a fitness class. Fitness classes are a perfect way to not only see physical change, but this is a way to keep yourself accountable to finishing your goal by signing up for a class. Don’t forget to bring along your favorite Jambo product the CBD Muscle Balm to cure any unwanted aches and pains from all your working out!
- Design goals that can be accomplished with a partner or in a group
What are the main reasons New Year’s Resolutions are so hard to fill? They are hard work and no one wants to follow trends on their own! So go ahead and change that by teaming up with a friend or spouse to accomplish a goal together.
Here are some ideas:
- Sign up for a fitness challenge at your local health club with a friend or group of friends
- Swap off nights with your significant other cooking dinner.
- Agree to join a book club
4. Reward yourself achieving your goals
Finally, the pay off! You will be much more inclined to set resolutions next year if you can remember the thrill and the reward of accomplishing goals this year. Just make sure that your reward does not make it harder to accomplish any of your other goals.