As the new year approaches, you may be considering setting goals for the next 12 months. While resolutions aren’t for everyone, they offer a great sense of accomplishment and give you a healthy challenge for the year. There are so many things we can change to make our lives better. It can be hard to stay motivated on your journey, but here’s how to achieve your new year’s resolutions and make 2021 your best year yet!
This is a guest post from the lovely Love, Em!
Thinking Of Setting Resolutions?
As I mentioned before, resolutions aren’t for everyone. They can increase stress, add unnecessary pressure and can dramatically affect ones mental or physical health. However, resolutions can increase motivation, improve self-esteem and offer a chance for positive change. When setting your goals for the year, make sure they’re reasonable, and you know what steps to take. For example, losing weight is a common goal, but many people want to see quick results. Many will give up after a month as will use unsustainable diets or unhealthy exercise routines. Instead, you should change your diet and exercise slowly to avoid burnout. When setting a goal, make sure you’ve got a good support group and the right mindset to push through the hard times!
Incorporate Your Goal Into Your Lifestyle
No matter what you decide as your goal, you need to make it your lifestyle. Want to make more money? Set a few hours aside for hustling. Looking to lose weight? Make little, healthy swaps to your diet each week. If you’d like to improve your mental health, spend 30 minutes a day on self-care. Goals take time to achieve, so you need to make your changes work with your lifestyle. If something is becoming too hard or out of place, you’ll stop aiming to achieve your resolution. Lifestyle changes don’t need to be big but fit them in where to can. You’ll find you have more time than you think for positive changes!
Use Sustainable Approaches
Trying to achieve your goals in a week by taking extreme measures isn’t the way to go. While you may achieve your goals quicker, it’s likely to not last. Dieting is the easiest one to demonstrate this point with. If you starve for a week, you may have lost weight initially. But when you eat again, your body will retain more as it’s in starvation mode, so you’ll put it all back on. You’re also more likely to binge. It’s easier to keep off the weight if you swap out the bad snacks and make your own meals! Sustainability is similar to making your goals a lifestyle as it’s all about the slow approach. It’s better to take a year on your goal, do it right and grow from it than to finish in a week and resort to old ways.
Give Yourself A Plan & Smaller Targets
Announcing that you’re going to run a marathon or make £1,000,000 is a huge statement. It can feel quite overwhelming, so you’ll give up when you aren’t achieving things. Instead, break your goal down into small steps. If you’re running a marathon, challenge yourself to run a 5k race or finish a lap in X minutes. That way, you’re hitting little milestones and building yourself up to the big goal. Similarly, make yourself a plan of how you’re going to get to your goal, what targets you should hit and where you see yourself each month. For example:
Month 1: Run 5k at my own pace
Month 2: Run 5k without walking or stopping
Month 3: Run 5k within an hour
When you build yourself up to the challenge, you’re more likely to achieve your goal. It’s also encouraging to hit lots of little targets. No athlete could run a marathon on their first try!
Surround Yourself With Positivity
I love stationary and mood boards. I also regularly use a bullet journal and planner to keep my life in check! You could create a vision board or change your lock screen to a motivational quote. Whatever you choose to do, having something to boost your morale is important. They remind you of why you started, help to block out haters and stop you from doubting yourself. There are so many things you could use to surround yourself with positivity. Here are some of my favourites if you’re stuck!
- Create a mood/vision board
- Change your phone background or lock screen
- Start a bullet journal to track progress
- Use photographs for a visual tracker
- Surround yourself with people who inspire or motivate you
- Watch TED talks or read motivational books
Get A Support Group
Support can be the difference between achieving and just missing your goals. Whether you’ve got an online community or one friend, support can push you when you’re feeling your lowest. You need to find someone who can pick you up and slap you when you doubt yourself. They need to be encouraging but tough. If you can find someone with the same goals as you, that can also be beneficial for your motivation. You could choose a family member, close friend or an online community to keep you accountable for reaching your goals.
Remember That Things Won’t Be Easy
The hardest thing about resolutions is that they require hard work and dedication. It’s not a straight line to achievement, and it’s not going to be easy. If it was easy, you would have already achieved it. If you’re finding it hard, write down your plan of action. How do you want to achieve your goals and are the steps actionable? There is no shortcut or easy route. If you’re hitting your target too quickly or effortlessly, you’re probably doing it wrong. That, or it won’t stay that way forever. Resolutions are challenging, but you can achieve them. If things are tough now, they can only get better. Don’t feel disheartened if you aren’t achieving every monthly target you set. It’s okay to have down days. What counts is when how you get back on track.
Resolutions should be taken seriously, but not at risk to your mental and physical health. You don’t need to be setting records or climbing mountains to feel accomplished. Your goals should be personal, and any positive change is an achievement. Don’t feel upset if you don’t hit them quickly, and you should avoid negativity if it’s hindering you. Whether you choose to make a resolution or not, let’s make the next year our best ones yet! What goals are you setting for the new year, or do you prefer to keep them quiet? Let me know what you’re hoping to achieve!
About the Author
Em is a UK blogger focusing on blogging, business & sustainability on her blog “Love, Em“. With 4 years of experience in the blogging world, she is keen to share her knowledge. Emily is passionate about helping others, and since leaving college, has decided to put her passions in writing. You can find her social media links below the post!