#GoalsDecember 30, 2019
Now that the holiday season is wrapping up, the onslaught of ‘new year, new you’ is upon us. With the ringing in of each new year comes the hope and promise of a fresh start. It’s a time to reflect on our 2019, and if we achieved the goals we’d set out last January, or fell short, or had goals evolve as the months went by. Either way, everyone loves a fresh slate, and this is particularly true when it comes to health and wellness.
1. Be reasonable:
Set realistic goals and expectations; it’s great to have lofty goals, but don’t get yourself in over your head to the point that achieving your goals is unrealistic. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure; set yourself up for success. Using smaller benchmark goals overtime is a great way to do this, in an effort to reach something larger.
2. Get others involved:
It can be a lot easier to work on goals with a buddy. Whether it’s a coworker, sibling, friend, or partner, having a support system is always a good thing. Communicate what your goals are and support each other to make them happen.
3. Write them down:
Writing down your goals for 2020 will help make them feel more ‘official’ and set. Otherwise, if they’re just in your mind, it’s too easy to change them when things get hard. It’s also nice to have a record upon which to look back; you’ll feel even more accomplished being able to check things off a physical list.
4. Be kind to yourself:
Try to be optimistic when reflecting on the previous year. The exercise of setting goals should not make you feel down for not achieving everything you wanted to previously. Instead, use that as motivation for achieving the goal this year, and take some time to think about what maybe went wrong and how to better attack the goal in the coming year now that you know what didn’t work.
5. Let your goals be fluid:
We live in a constantly changing world, and it’s understandable that a goal you set in January may need to be adjusted a month or two or three down the road. It’s OK to adjust accordingly; as long as you’re moving in the right direction, that’s progress.