Happy New Year!
It’s that time of year where we all stop for the holidays and think “where the hell has this year gone?” Did you achieve your goals for 2022? Were you successful in crossing off your list of goals that you drew out for this year? Did you even set any goals for this year?
As we ring in the new year it’s the time where I often sit and reflect over the years accomplishments and make new goals and make plans, review our targets and plan what and how we will be closer to achieving our targets for 2023.
Trying to visualise everything and predicting timelines can feel intense and unrealistic. From someone who suffers from anxiety I’ve learnt that the best hack not to feel overwhelmed is to break it all up into bite size pieces, this will make our goals seem more realistic and achievable. This is so important otherwise you literally feel like your constantly swimming upstream, start losing focus and end up just losing motivation because you feel like you’re losing all the time.
Write things down so you can visually see all your goals in black and white. It will act as a road map to planning timelines and realistic targets for your objectives. Once everything is down on paper it will be so easy to micromanage all the tiny steps you need to take to make it happen.
For starters when setting your goals for the new year rather than setting a vague goal like “get in shape,” try setting a specific goal like “workout for half hour at least 3 times a week.” This way, you’ll have a clear target to work towards which you can track.
Also be real with yourself! Don’t just write goals for the person you want to be, but for the person you are now. Like I would love to be that person who goes to the gym daily, but we all know that’s never going to happen! My schedule is hectic, and I just won’t do it…even though I’ve been paying for gym membership for the last few months, reality is that I just haven’t used it! My resolution is going to be realistic and start off with going for a walk for 1 hour 3 times a week, also I need to go cancel that gym membership, and I’ll sign back up when I have been consistent with my 3 walks a week plan.
Finally, remember to be kind to yourself and don’t feel defeated if you don’t meet your goals right away. It takes time and effort to make lasting changes, so be patient and keep showing up. You may feel like you’re not making any progress, but I promise you even the smallest steps will start moving you closer and closer to your goals daily. Remember this isn’t a race and you have no one to impress than becoming a better version of yourself.
So, what you waiting for? Get your pen to paper and let’s start the new year off on the right foot and set the stage for a happy and productive year ahead.
Happy New Year in Advance! Do comment what your new year resolutions are would love to hear.