The start of a New Year always feels good. The phrase ‘out with the old, in with the new’ is refreshing as we close out one year and head into the next. It’s why we make New Year’s resolutions and hear ‘New year, new me’ so often the first week of the New Year. However, with each new week that follows it’s easy to lose motivation and sight of your goals.
Here are some our tips to help you keep those New Year goals on track.
Often times we know what we want but we lose track as to why we wanted that change and how we felt in the previous year. “Enjoy life to the fullest’ is a popular New Year’s resolution. While that is great (and one we definitely support!) the ‘why’ is just as important. Did you feel like you focused too much on work and not enough time on family last year? Understanding and keeping in mind as to why you want to improve or change something will help us stick with that change in the New Year.
Make a plan:
A New Year’s resolution is only as good as the plan you are going to follow to achieve that. Whether it’s to be healthy, focus more on work, be more organized or whatever you are looking to achieve – it’s always beneficial to map out a plan to make sure you stick to it. What are you going to do on a daily basis, weekly basis and so forth?
Do what makes you happy:
Just because there are things you want to change or improve on in the New Year doesn’t mean you have to do it in a way that makes you unhappy. Most of the time if you do something you dislike you wont stick to it, so what’s the point? Find a way to achieve what you want by doing things you actually enjoy. For instance, want to do more activities that don’t include drinking? It doesn’t mean you need to go to the opera every weekend if that’s not your thing. If you find activities that you enjoy you will be much more likely to stick to them.
Find a middle ground:
One of the top New Year’s Resolution’s is to ‘save more, spend less’. When putting together your plan on how you are going to achieve this, be strategic with it. If you’re a foodie but want to spend less on dining out it doesn’t mean you have to eliminate that activity all together. Focus on cutting back rather than cutting out and you will find a happy middle ground where you can still do what you enjoy while achieving your goals.
Surround yourself with people that add value:
A new year is a great time to reflect on whom you are spending your time with. Have a friend that is constantly putting off negative energy? This might be the time to reconsider how much time you spend with that person. If we surround ourselves with people that keep us on our toes, motivate us, and encourage us it makes a huge difference in what we are able achieve.