A New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start filled with excitement and a greater vision for our future. Whether it is to eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with family, change career, we all strive to do better each year. But…do you remember your last year’s resolutions? Probably not…I don’t. So I have been thinking about how to hold myself accountable and here it is my list:
- Write your goals down. Writing your new year’s resolutions makes it official. Make sure to write them down in a notebook that you open often to remind yourself in case a few months later you forget. Be specific. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier – what does that mean to you? To stop eating red meat or to stop eating junk and processed foods? Make SMART goals!
- Think Why you want to achieve those goals. Have a vision for the final result. For example, if you want to lose weight, find the best photo of yourself and put it on your fridge. This will remind you of your goal and make it more achievable when it is in front of your eyes every day.
- Make a plan. Having an exact plan of what and how you want to accomplish it, makes it more achievable. Write down your plan. For example, if your goal is to start exercising more and regularly, ask yourself – How many days a week, what time of the day, how am I going to fit it in my day-to-day schedule, etc.
- Put it on your calendar, create a schedule and set reminders. For example, you want to exercise 5 days a week and you decided to do it at 6 in the morning, before work. Set an alarm and a reminder or a task that you can check off as done. This way you will feel accomplished.
- Tell your friends and family. This helps in making your “promise” official and holding yourself accountable for it. People who share their goals with others are more likely to achieve them. Also, sharing your exciting plans with your friends will make you feel supported.
- Get other people to join you. For example, find a friend to exercise with, somebody who has a similar goal. It is much easier to accomplish your goal when you have a buddy. Having someone to share with, makes your journey much easier. This will help both of you to hold each other accountable. Consider also joining a support group, such as a class at your gym.
- Believe in yourself and that you can achieve your goals. Focus on progress, not perfection.
- Evaluate your progress on a regular basis – once a week or once a month.
- Reward yourself for achieving each step and be happy with your progress even if you haven’t achieved 100%. Small accomplishments are better than nothing.
Good luck and be strong!
Happy New Year! May this year all your efforts turn into great achievements!