New Year’s resolutions always seem like such a good idea in January, but by the time March rolls in, it’s all too easy to get caught up in your day-to-day life and forget them until next year. Re-evaluating what you want to achieve this year and making concrete steps to make it happen could mean that you can start next year accomplished and ready for your new resolutions.
What Were Your New Year’s resolutions?
Reconsider what your New Year’s resolutions were back in January. It might also be worth thinking about whether you tend to have similar goals each year or if you change it up every 12 months. No goal is too big to achieve, but think about whether some of your resolutions might be more easily achieved if stretched over several years.
It’s also important to treat your New Year’s resolutions with excitement rather than apprehension. Hype yourself up about following through. If a goal brings you a lot of dread, think about why you’re not eager to take it on and whether it’s worth cutting from your list.
Committing to Change
The scariest thing about challenging yourself to complete a year-long goal is accepting that it might change your life significantly. Getting a new job, moving houses or any other big changes you’d like to make can feel scary when they’re no longer hypothetical. Instead, try to approach changes as an opportunity for growth and get yourself out of a rut you may be in.
Try to include small goals as well as larger, more time-consuming achievements. That way, you can start small to give yourself a sense of accomplishment before taking bigger steps to reach your dreams.
Taking it One Day at a Time
Break down your goals into smaller steps that you can complete daily to make them more manageable. If your goal is to work out every day, begin by just waking up each day when you’d like to work out. From there, you can build yourself up to getting out of bed early every day before finally completing a full workout each morning.
Similarly, your goal may be to stabilize or try and improve your mental health. In that case, a daily task could be to contact a professional like a therapy clinic before moving on to more challenging steps. Again, treating each goal as something to do each day can make them seem more manageable and give you a place to start.
If you fall behind with your goals at any point, don’t beat yourself up. Making sure you’re happy and healthy is the most important thing, and working towards your year-long achievements might be challenging but ultimately should bring you joy. Part of the beauty of taking your goals day by day means that you can always try again tomorrow to reach the aim you set for yourself.