January will already be coming to an end before we know it! How have you been doing with your goals? Has it been easy or hard to stick to your plans for 2020 in the first few weeks! If you’re anything like me, it’s been somewhat of a challenge to keep the momentum going. And that’s OK! We are human… it happens. We won’t get it right all of the time. Today I want to share some tips that will help you take that next step to making 2020 the best yet!
Set Intentions Instead of Resolutions
Instead of making resolutions, try framing them as intentions. Sometimes resolutions can feel like a lot of pressure. And it’s easy to make a resolution just because it sounds good!! When your 2020 resolution is to lose weight that can become the hardest thing to actually do! The beauty of setting an intention is that it’s a goal you fully intend to accomplish. As silly as it sounds, I think a lot of our New Years’ resolutions are missing the substance that true intentions can have. Why are you setting that particular goal? There’s a great Ted Talk about how our “why” determines our “how.” The way you set about achieving a goal is directly affected by the reason you are pursuing it. So, make sure it’s a good reason! If your intention is to lose weight, you need a reason, or a “why,” that’s compelling enough to help you stick to it! I’ve found that doing something to improve how others think of me isn’t nearly as powerful as doing something because I personally want to. Set your intention to lose weight because you want to physically feel better, not because you want to make other people think more highly of you!! Work toward intentions!
Make Your Goals and Intentions Specific and Measurable
I’ve mentioned this in previous blogs, but this next tip REALLY IS one of the keys to following through on your goals! Make sure your goals and intentions are specific and measurable. Your goals won’t do you any good if you don’t even know how to work toward them! If you set a goal to be happier in 2020, how can you measure that? It’s better to set a goal that is specific and measurable so you’ll know when you’re making progress! Instead of “be happier,” maybe you can phrase it as “take more time for fun activities.” Then you can keep track of how that’s going throughout the year! You can measure that goal. You can attain it because it’s tangible and specific as opposed to vague and broad.
Keep Your Intentions Visible
We are so much more likely to stick to our intentions when we can consistently see them! I’m a visual learner, and I LOVE vision boards! For me, that’s a great way to make sure I can keep my eye on the prize! I think a lot of us lose track of our intentions halfway through the year simply because we forget! We get distracted! There’s so much happening in our day-to-day lives that we need to find ways to keep our goals in front of us and visible. You can’t cross the finish line if you lose sight of the path mid-race!! Find a way to make it visible. You can try vision boards, sticky notes on your mirror, reminders in your calendar, or even an accountability partner that will help keep you focused.
This is the year of following through and coming out better, stronger, and healthier on the other side! Set intentions, be specific, and keep your eyes on the prize! We can do this, y’all! As always, let me know how I can help!