New Year’s Resolutions: Dos and Don’ts
It is that time of the year again, New Year, new start and of course New Year’s resolutions. If you have made your resolutions, here are some tips that will help you achieve all your goals this year.
Don’t: Set unrealistic goals. Make sure that you set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) goals. Setting your goals too high in a way that does not suit your schedule or your lifestyle, can discourage you to keep going or it can kill your motivation and make you feel overwhelmed.
Do: Set mini goals. Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals. It is okay to start small and build up from there. Ask yourself what you need to do to hit your goals, which resources you need and if you can get the resources. When you make your goals realistic, it helps get rid of anxiety and it makes them attainable.
Don’t: Compare yourself to others. We all lead different lifestyles under different circumstances. You can look up to others for motivation, but never compare yourself to them. Always keep in mind that you have your own unique journey and challenges.
Do: Stay flexible. Life always happens. You can make plans but there comes a time where things do not go your way. If that happens and you have set SMART goals, you should be able to pick up from where you left off and keep going. Do not let a small bump in the road discourage you from going on.
Don’t: Be hard on yourself. Take it step by step. One motto that I learned from primary school goes as such “take your time, take it slow, do few things but do them well”. This has resonated with me from childhood and every time I feel overwhelmed, I remind myself to appreciate my small victories. Remind yourself, every little bit you do, will eventually add to something big. Be kind to yourself, and take one step at a time, one day at a time. Look at every day as a new beginning and another chance to try again. Just be careful not to be caught in the “excuse making” bubble. If you fail or come short on a goal, go back to the drawing board, and rethink how you can make it better or what you need to do to improve.
Do: Tell somebody about your goals. Make it official. Share with somebody that you trust, it could be a family member, a close friend, or your partner. This will help you remain accountable. Do not be shy to ask them to follow up with you to see how you are doing. Having an accountability partner increases your chance of success.
Don’t: Be Discouraged. We are now in the second week of the year. If you haven’t started yet, there is still time. Get out there and rock those goals. Pull out your plan and put it in motion.
Do: Leave room for change. Your plan is not written in stone. If you realize you dreamt a little too big or too small, just go back to the drawing board and make adjustments and be careful not to undervalue yourself.
Change is hard, but it is necessary if you want to switch things around. Remember that nothing new will come from your comfort zone, so go ahead get uncomfortable, try something new and achieve YOUR greatness.
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