We are officially into the second week of January, and most of us have given thought to some serious goals that we plan to achieve in 2018. By now, you may have even discussed your ambitions with loved ones, and are actively trying to manage your life as you move towards these new goals. However, studies show that these New Year Resolutions are not only hard to maintain, but that around 50% of people have given up on their resolutions by the month’s end. This doesn’t have to be your story. Here are New Year Resolutions: Four Ways to Stay on Track with Your Goals this Year
Write Down Your Goals, and Be Specific
When you are working towards achieving a goal, you have to be specific. I love that even the Bible states to “write down the vision, and make it clear.” Open a journal, and be very specific about what you want to do. For example, instead of saying, “I want to make more money this year,” make it specific and say “I want to increase my income by at least 40%, and plan to do by doing XYZ” Now, you have a specific goal to work towards. This is proven to work better for those that are wanting to lose a few holiday pounds. Instead of “I need to lose weight,” break down the goal to what it is that you want to do. It’s likely that you want to eat healthier, cut out certain foods, or lose a certain amount of body fat.
When your goals are detailed and specific, you have a better chance of holding yourself to those goals because a) you took the time to specifically discuss what it is you need to do and b) there is now a standard to obtain. Be specific, and you will stay on track!
Choose an Accountability Partner
Let’s be honest, greatness is not achieved by mediocre efforts or behavior. There will be many days when you simply don’t feel like working towards your goals. That’s why it is important to have an accountability partner. This can be a significant other, or close friend. Heck, there are a ton of life coaches out there as well that can serve in this role. This should be someone who you trust to share your goals with, so that they can keep you accountable. Many times, all you need is that extra push from a friend to go to the gym, to give an extra hour towards your goal, and to push you outside of your comfort limits.
We have become so comfortable with doing what we feel like, that we don’t realize our goals are being jeopardized. By partnering with someone who will be both an encouragement and honest, it will keep you in line to achieve your goals. Think about who would work well in this role, and ask them to hold you accountable, even when you don’t want to hear it.
Implement the “Wake Up Challenge”
One of the best books I read recently was The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. In this book, she discusses how she used this rule to completely transform her life. In short, she realized that when she had a specific thought to do something or make some type of action, she needed to act on it within 5 seconds to make it happen. As she began to implement this rule of getting things done as soon as they come to her mind, she also began to implement the Wake Up Challenge.
The Wake Up Challenge is unique in that you challenge yourself to wake up earlier than you usually would, so that you can dedicate the first 2-3 hours of your day to work towards the goals that matter to you. This time can be used to meditate, to workout, to work on the book you’ve been wanting to write, the app you want to develop, and on. Your brain is the most alert right after you’ve woken up, so use those early hours to get things done before you go to work. This is great because it creates a quiet space for you to hone in on these goals. You do not want to use this time for anything mediocre, like cleaning or checking emails. Use this time to work on you and your goals. I began implementing this rule when I heard the book, and it has been so helpful. I use this time for my blogging, my business and other goals that I have set forth. No emails, no social media, just me and my goals. And it works, and keeps me on track.
Develop a Schedule, Stick to It
Once you have written your goals, it is important to also create a schedule to stick to. From the time you wake up, to the time you go to sleep, know how each hour should be spent. Use the calendar in your phone, or an app like Planner Pro to keep you onboard. If you aren’t specific with your time, that means that anything can happen day-to-day, and goals cannot be achieved that way. I know that for myself and many others, social media can easily throw you off. I have lost count of the times I only jumped into Instagram to check a message, only to then spend the next half hour looking around and wasting time. Now, I schedule social media breaks. During my downtime (like coming out of a workout) I’ll give myself some time to post, look on accounts, like pics, and then it’s back to getting stuff done.
Many of us want to achieve our goals, but a lack of discipline with our daily schedule is getting in the way. Put together your schedule, clear out the distractions, and you will be amazed with how much easier achieving your goals actually is.
Creating goals and sticking to them is always a challenge. It often requires a level of discipline, focus and hard work that may interrupt our current lifestyle, but it is worth it. It’s the beginning of 2018, and it’s important that we set the tone now for how we want this year to evolve for us personally. If you haven’t yet, have a serious sit-down with yourself and start working on checking off this list. I can promise you that as someone who was once easily distracted and rarely felt like doing what I knew I needed to, this has been beyond helpful! I wish you the most successful year yet! What tools are you using to accomplish your goals? Comment below, let’s chat!With Love, Melanie