Notepad that says 'I had too much to dream last night', a pair of reading glasses and a coffee. Photo by Alexandra Rodi.

There are so many people who HATE New Years Resolutions, and I totally understand why. Most people set goals on January 1st and by February, they’ve given up on them. A clear example of this is when you see the gym PACKED at the beginning of the New Year, and as the weeks go on, it becomes less and less busy. New Years Resolutions have developed a bad association (you make a New Years Resolution but you don’t stick with it). For many, that is true. Whereas for others, New Years Resolutions are super successful. I am one of those people who LOVE setting goals and intentions for the New Year, and here’s why!

The New Year is a great time to self reflect on all of the things you did (or didn’t do) the year before. It’s a period of transition, where you can change up certain aspects of your lifestyle, business, or personal life and make them better. Goal setting can sound daunting, but it can refuel you and propel you into going for what you want and achieving success, however that looks to you.

Now let me ask you this…How many times do you think about switching up your routine, learning a new skill, or doing better at X?

If you’ve been trying to find that inner motivation for a long time, now is the time, babe! Read on for my Goal Setting Tips for STARTING and KEEPING Your New Years Resolutions.

Get Specific and Write it Down

It’s super easy for us to think of all of these amazing things we want to accomplish, and do nothing about it. Right?! Set time aside where you can think about your goal and what it would feel like to accomplish it. Begin writing down the steps it’ll take to get there. If it’s a goal that may take several months to achieve, work backwards to achieve an accurate timeline. What will you have to do at Month 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 to achieve your goal on month 6?

This has always helped me get super clear about my goals, and I too, am doing this for the New Year. I find it extremely helpful to break up my timeline and get specific on what I’ll need to do every day, every week, and every month, to get to that specific goal.

Solution Mindset

The truth is…you may fail. You may fail MULTIPLE times as you work to achieve your goal. Life happens, we get side tracked, we lose that inner motivation, and this is typically when people fall off the wagon completely.

Begin planning for the bumps in the road right now, and develop a solution mindset. The thing is…New Years Resolutions don’t have to be ‘black and white’. If you have a goal to run a marathon, and on week 3, you don’t get out for a run at all, it doesn’t mean you throw in the towel. Refocus the following week, go for that run, and keep working at it.

Get Rid of The Fear of Failure

I truly believe that so many of us don’t achieve our goals because we are terrified of failing. If you’re wanting to start a new business endeavour, you may be terrified of it not working out so you give up too soon. Or, if you want to lose 40 pounds, you may wonder what people will think if you can’t do it. If you remain in the fear mindset, it’ll be hard to achieve what you want to in life. Try thinking worst case – what if you do fail? Usually the worst case scenario isn’t nearly as bad as you initially think it would be. And just as a side note – most people are so focused on their own life that they don’t actually care as much as you think they do! Don’t let fear control you.

*For more tips on self improvement, read 5 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Yourself post.

Consistency!

Work at your goal, consistently. The more podcasts I listen to and personal growth books I read, the more I realize the importance of this. The most successful people don’t give up. Even when faced with the worst blows, they get up and try again because they have this internal drive to accomplish whatever they have set out to do. You can do this too…just keep going. One day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time…keep going and stay consistent.

You Got This, Babe!

I believe in you, and I bet a whole lot of other people do too! Make this your year to shine bright, think big, and achieve your dreams! I want to hear what your goals are, so comment below and share with me!

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