How to set a New Year's resolutions
The beginning of a new year marks a new journey and an opportunity to reflect on the previous year. It gives people a chance to see what worked for them and what didn't, which is what journeys are here for. I've got you covered! here are some tips on how to create a new journey for the new year. Get ready for 2021 folks, because lets face it, 2020 was quite the 'journey.' for lack of better words.
Pick only three goals.
For example, it may be:
1. Run a half marathon
2. Go to Japan
3. Save 10K.
These are big goals and thats why we limit them to three. Having ten huge accomplishments can be hard to juggle and the more you have to spread your energy out on all those goals, the less they will get achieved. So start small and if you knock those three out half way through the year, make another three. Having a small yet very important set of goals will be managed easily and you're able to focus a lot better. Write these down in your phone, on your fridge, by your office...Anywhere that it will get constant attention.
Be goal specific.
If one of your goals is to run half a marathon you must think about what that involves and how to get there. I know my instincts would be to just hit the ground running (literally face plant), but it helps having these sub goals. It may look like this:
RUN HALF A MARATHON
Date of goal: June 2021
Jan - Feb run a total of 2.5km
Feb-Mar run a total of 5km
Mar - Apr run a total of 10km
Apr - May run a total of 15km
May-Jun run a total of 20km
Have a diary where you track your goals and ALWAYS make sure you celebrate the small milestones that lead up to the big goal!
What resources do you need
Make a list of the things you will need to achieve this. If you needed to run this marathon you will need proper fitted running shoes, any exercise gear like shorts, hats, shirts etc. You may need things like a foam roller for those days where you have lactic acid build up in your muscles. If you live in a wet climate maybe consider a treadmill for the rainy days that may discourage your goal. Make this list tangible and tick off each resource as you go.
Don't get discouraged
I am the worst when it comes to discouragement and goals. If I slip up a tiny bit I feel the whole goal is ruined, dramatic right? It is important to know that you may fall off the horse here and there which is not the problem, the problem is if you don't get back on. Thats not to say that you should be falling off every day, you need to hold on a bit tighter than that but just understand that there will be days where you're completely exhausted, you have an injury or family duties come first and you don't get to go out and run that day. Just make up for it the next day and enjoy your day off!
Im a super visual person so I create vision boards of my goals and I look at these posters to give me motivation. I have things like someone doing yoga because I want to gain back my flexibility and build my strength, I have a picture of a woman working at her desk because I want to continue my Interior Design career again and work hard on this blog. I have images of fresh food so I can be reminded of my nutritional and health goals. These images are great to look at and get excited for your goals. Print out these boards/pictures and put them somewhere where you can see them every day.
These are some tips to get you achieving your goals for the year...Its been a hell of a year so Im excited for a whole new one and I can see you all nodding your heads in agreeance hehe!
Happy New Year to you all. I wish you nothing but pure happiness, lots of laughter, great new memories and of course...good health! Lets make 2021 the best year we can! Wooohoo.
The Sana Soul