When people set New Year Goals, it can be inspiring at first to start the new year fresh and with new goals. However, most people stick with the changes for a while and then give up because they’ve either set unattainable goals, they’re tired of doing them, or they just aren’t noticing results. What are some things you can do to help achieve your New Year’s goals? Here are eight tips that can help you be successful:
1. Consider Your Interests
Consider what you are interested in. If you set goals you really aren’t interested in, you may get bored trying to attain them and simply give up. Once you meet your goals, you should feel a sense of accomplishment. Set New Year Goals for things you really care about.
2. Set Attainable New Year Goals
Set goals you can control. For example, many people put “lose weight” on their New Year Goals list. While this is a great goal, “exercise more” may be a better goal because it’s more attainable. When you exercise more, you’ll probably end up losing some weight as an added bonus!
3. Start Thinking About Your Future
Imagine your future. When setting goals, it’s essential to think about what you want your future to be. If you’re setting work goals, it may be a good idea to think of where you want to be in so many years and then set goals to work towards that. Breaking them into smaller chunks can also be easier for you to accomplish.
4. Why You Need SMART Goals
Set up SMART goals. SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. When you set New Year Goals using these parameters, they are more likely to be conquered. Here is an example of a SMART goal: S: lower your cholesterol; M: Reduce A1A by 5 points A: Look at Today’s Integrative Health recipes; R: To make me healthier, T: In the next year.
5. Written New Year Goals
Write down your goals. When you’ve got them written down, it’s easier to remember and to stay responsible for your goals. It also puts them at the forefront of your brain. People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Having your goals written down in numerical order can be empowering as you cross them off when you accomplish them. Some people also create vision boards with pictures of their goals to keep them motivated.
6. Break Down Your Goals
Break it down. If you’ve got big New Year Goals, it can be easier for you to break them into smaller chunks so it’s easier to work on them. You can use a visual aid such as a ladder and put your goals on the rungs of the ladder, crossing them off as you work through them.
7. Create a Plan
Develop a plan. After you’ve broken your New Year Goals down, you need to devise a strategy for reaching your goals. Creating an action plan and then crossing off parts as you attain them can make it more manageable and celebratable.
8. Hold Yourself Accountable
Be accountable and celebrate success. Holding yourself accountable can be difficult if you set New Year Goals that aren’t attainable. But when you set SMART goals and then break them down into smaller chunks, it can help. Celebrating when you meet goals can be an excellent way to help you stay motivated and give yourself the boost you need to keep going.
Don’t Do It Alone
If you aren’t sure of what goals you should be setting or feel that you need a little extra help with your health goals, Dr. Leo would love to help you. He enjoys assisting his patients in their quest for better health. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We are located at 6321 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, in the Executive office park. We look forward to helping you!