This time of year, we like to make goals to see if we can really fulfill the meaning of “new year, new me.” While monumental change doesn’t have to come after the first of January, using this fresh start can be helpful in giving you the motivation to finally start working toward your personal goals. In this post, we will give you tips to make those resolutions stick.
#1- Write them down
Studies have shown that those who both goal-set and write their goals down achieve their goals more often. By physically engaging with your goals, you create a brain-to-hand pathway that makes that goal stick.
#2- Make them SMART
SMART is an acronym to help you set goals that are both achievable and motivating. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
#3- Dream Big, Think Tiny
Ambition is a great thing. Big goals are inspiring to you and those around you. However, make sure you are thinking about the small steps that will get you there. Breaking big goals down into smaller steps will help you activate on those dreams.
#4- Understand why you want to “change”
Thinking through your true motivations will deepen your commitment to actually making that change.
#5- Track your progress
Take time every month or so to evaluate where you are in relation to your goals. Look back at your handwritten list to check in with yourself. Have your goals changed? Have you made progress? This will keep you accountable throughout the year.
Remember, resolutions can come at any time in the year. Monumental change isn’t a necessary part of January. This year is about YOU. Do what feels right, when it feels right. You got this!