So the festive season is well and truly over, the sequin dresses and festive decorations have all been packed away for another year. All thats to show for it is the left over glitter which we will probably still be clearing up well into February, saying we’re never using anything glittery again, but come December this is completely forgotten and out the glitter comes, once more! The New Year, for a lot of people marks a completely clean slate, I’m not a fan of the whole “New Year new me” outlook, but if thats your cup of tea then I am by no means judging you for it.
Despite this I do jump on the band wagon of New Years resolutions, or goals, as I like to call them. I feel like goals sounds better if I don’t stick to them. Judging by my recent twitter feed, most of the people on there are already struggling with sticking to their goals – admittedly I am too, hence why I am writing this, something for me to look back on. So how do we become that person that casually manages to stick to all their goals with no struggle at all?
I think most people, including myself, always make the first mistake of setting unrealistic goals. Expecting to achieve everything I want all in the first week of January, eat healthy lose weight, love myself more, all of that crap, all while still scoffing leftover christmas chocolates and shortbread wondering why I don’t look like a Victoria Secret model yet. Setting realistic goals and realistic time frames will make obtaining your resolutions approximately 173563 times easier.
Be more specific you are with what you want to achieve and exactly when you want to achieve it by. I find having time frames so helpful, mainly because I work harder for my goals when I have a particular time to reach it by. I’ll also feel disappointed if I don’t do what I want by the time I’ve set myself, so I guess thats another incentive.
Focus On Progress
This has been something I have lived by for a while now. No one and I mean no one will ever reach all of their goals right away, not even the people that look like they do – it’s just for show. It’s important to focus on how your progressing and not getting too hung up on the end goal – this will come in time. When I took up running I quickly learnt this, I wanted to be as fast as I could right away; pretty sharpish I realised that that would take work and time, which is exactly when I started to focus on my progress.
Make Your Goals Known
I’ve never really been one to tell people what I want to achieve throughout the course of the year, primarily out of fear of not achieving them – which is exactly why this year I have written and entire blog post on them. Now everyone knows what I want to do, so I’ll be much more likely to reach them and not let myself down.
Think about what is important to you and why you want to get it done. For example one of my goals for this year is to run a sub 46 minute 10K, a personal one to me, because I have been training so hard lately, it will feel amazing if all the hard work pays off. Everyones personal goals are different, it helps if you don’t follow the generic lose weight and eat healthy resolution, because chances are you’ll be craving chocolate cake 2 days in, and lets face it, you don’t really want to deprive yourself like that.
We’re 2 weeks down, with another 50 to go, who knows whether or not I’ll reach all my goals, only time will tell!
What are your New Year goals?!