Did you set some amazing new year goals? Me too! We often go headlong into the new year with the greatest of intentions only to be distracted or somehow pulled off track from our goals. But don’t let that ruin all of your good intentions!
It’s perfectly normal, perfectly human to get off track from time to time. We have a lot going on in our daily lives and sometimes we simply need to stop and refocus on our intentions. Here’s some step by step advice about how to get back on track with your new year goals.
Guys, I started day one – January 1st – feeling so energized and excited for the new year. I celebrated New Year’s Eve BIG, for the first time in a long time. I was riding a high and had spent so much time reflecting on my goals for 2018. Then, a few days into January my heater broke and … it snowed. I was stuck in a house with heat that I could only access by using my breaker so I was spending the night waking up every hour to turn on/off heat using the breaker. It was exhausting and put me in a huge funk. It took 5 days to find someone that actually fixed it … after paying someone else! But I had heat. AND THEN I GOT FOOD POISONING! And my daughter had pink eye and an ear infection! I am not shitting you. My new year started off with no heat and lots of vomit. So … I had to figure out a way to start fresh and feel OK about my the rocky start to my new year.
Maybe your story isn’t quite as eventful, but perhaps you’ve wandered away from some of your goals already or are just having a really hard time getting started with all those ambitious intentions you’ve set. Don’t worry! You can get back on track and I’m here to help you think it through 🙂
Here’s how to get back on track with your new year goals:
Go back to your WHY
Sometimes we have a really hard time staying, or getting, on track because we don’t really care that much. If you’re having trouble with a goal, think about WHY this goal matters to you. Write it down.
This goal is important to me because …
If you can’t think of a good reason, you don’t have a good goal. If you don’t have a WHY, you don’t have something that you’ll actually commit to. Instead, you need to start fresh with a goal that actually matters to you.
Have a visual reminder of your goals
We are busy. It’s really easy to get distracted with daily life and simply forget about new goals. This is especially true if you’re really trying to change a major part of your life. If you want to start a meditation practice or drink smoothies every morning, for example, until you’ve actually made a habit of doing that, it’s possible to simply start to “forget” the goal and get caught up in how you’ve always done things.
That’s why I think it’s really important to have a daily visual reminder of your goals. Maybe you set a reminder on your phone, or have the goals written out somewhere you look every day. There’s an app called “Today” that is super helpful when starting new habits. It will remind and track your progress every single day. Regardless of how you get it done – look at your goals every single day so you always have them at the forefront of your mind when making decisions about how to spend your time.
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Be kind to yourself
Ok. You’re going to have bad days on occasion when trying to crush new goals. This is life. Some may be unavoidable, like getting sick, and others may be because you’ve lost some will power to stick with it. Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself. Recognize that goal crushing has ups and downs and twists and turns. Return to your WHY and get back on track without giving up because you’ve hit a rough patch.
Be OK with starting over
Sometimes you may realize the goal you set isn’t working. Don’t stick with it just because you’ve set that goal. It should always align with your WHY. If you have a why, you know why the goal matters and will be more likely to see it through. But there may come a time when the why doesn’t matter as much to you and if that’s the case, you need to be OK with starting over. Go back to the drawing board and think of a goal that actually matters to you.
Feel entitled to mix things up and change when needed
If your goal is boring you, make an effort to mix things up. This is especially true of health and fitness goals. If the running goal you set is not inspiring you at the moment, try taking a yoga or kickboxing class. Do something to change things up and most likely it will lead you right back to your original goal or cause you to improve upon the goal. Your goal isn’t set in stone. You should feel entitled to mix it up and change it as needed. The point, after all, is that you feel good about whatever you are pursuing.
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Little by little, progress not perfection
Remember, a new goal should be challenging. You aren’t expected to crush that goal with little to no effort. It will be hard. Embrace the challenge and love yourself. Remember that it’s progress, not perfection. Every step you make toward that goal is a positive step. Got off track? No problem. You can get back on track and rock it! You can do it. You’re worth it.
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