It’s that time of year when everyone has made their New Year’s resolutions and are working hard to try to keep them. Some people find keeping a resolution to be just too stressful and have already given up on one. Hopefully you’re not one of those. Others think they will not be able to keep a resolution, so they don’t even bother making one at all. Hopefully you are not in that group either.
Studies have consistently shown that those that set goals, like new year resolutions, tend to be far more successful than those who don’t. But how can you keep these resolutions from causing you headaches throughout the year? In this blog post I’ll give you five simple tips to keeping you on track to meet your goals in 2018. And if you haven’t made a new year resolution yet, it’s not to late! This post can also help you decide on what you would like to work on in the year to come.
Tip #1 – Don’t Set Too Many Goals!
This is one of the most common traps that people fall into when trying to make a new year’s resolution. They just try to do too much. Soon they can’t seem to keep up with everything, get frustrated and give up. Don’t let this me you in 2018!
When you set too many goals, you spread yourself too thin, and it makes it difficult to achieve what you started aiming for in the year. I would recommend making five goals maximum for the year. This will allow you to stay focused, work towards each one, and get the results that you want this year.
For some, five goals may be way too many, try three, or even one. As I mentioned in the introduction, people that set goals are more successful than those who don’t. Setting even a single new year’s resolution this year gives you something to shoot toward making 2018 a successful year. Without a goal, how do you know that this year was a success when you look back on 2018 next year?
Tip #2 – Choose Your Own Goal
To some of you, this might seem really obvious. Why would you ever set a goal that wasn’t your own? I think most people would be surprised how often people set goals in hopes of making their friends, family, or coworkers happy. Setting goals for others is a sure fire way to disappointment. Even if you hit your goal, are you really going to be excited about? Is it something that you will want to celebrate?
When making your new year’s resolutions, be sure that it is something that you actually want to accomplish. By making your goal for yourself, you are much more likely to work hard towards reaching it, and you’ll have more fun getting there. Then, when reach your goal, it will be much more fun to celebrate it (we’ll get to that in our next tip).
Tip #3 – Write it Down and Make A Plan
Don’t just come up with a few goals for the year, and keep them in your head. Write them down and keep them in a place that you know that you’ll be able to see them on a regular basis. The more often you are reminded of your goals, the more likely you are to reach them. A great idea for this is to use a vision board. If you aren’t familiar with vision boards, it’s basically a way to always keep your goals on your mind. You write down your goals and post them somewhere that you will see them on a daily basis. The great thing about vision boards is they can be made however you want to make them. You can put them on a large poster board or a note card. You can even add inspirational pictures or quotes that either remind you of your goals or inspire you to reach them. The doctors at CORE make vision boards each year to help with our work and personal goals.
For some of you, your new year’s resolution might just seem too big. If that’s the case, break it down into smaller pieces, and set a quarterly goal. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds in 2018, start with a smaller goal, such as you want to lose 15 pounds by the start of April. By breaking your goals into more manageable chunks, they seem more reachable and not so far off. Then, when you reach your quarterly goal, celebrate! Reward yourself with something that you would really like, just don’t go overboard and make sure that by rewarding yourself you aren’t moving yourself too far away from your long term goal. If you didn’t reach your quarterly goal, keep reading, I’ll give you some help in tip #5.
Tip #4 – Involve Friends and Family
Earlier I talked about setting your goals for yourself and not for others, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t involve your friends and family when it comes to your goals. Although you shouldn’t set your goals to make others happy, friends and family are a great source of encouragement and accountability. They can cheer you on and help you celebrate when you near a goal, and they can also help you reach them as well. Having an accountability partner makes sure you stay on track for your goals, and makes it more likely that you’ll reach them as well. It’s even more helpful if you can find someone that has similar goals as you, so that you can both work together to reach them.
Tip #5 – If You Get Off Track, Forgive Yourself and Keep Going!
Far too often people make a goal, start working hard towards the goal, have a minor setback and then just give up. Don’t let this be you in 2018! If everyone just gave up every time they skipped a workout, cheated on their diet, or failed to reach their quarterly sales goal, there wouldn’t be any successful people in the world. We all fail and get off track of our goals at some point or another. When this happens, don’t beat yourself up about! Just forgive yourself, and get back on track towards your goals.
As a bonus tip, if you start getting stressed out and your new year’s resolutions start to cause stress headaches, don’t forget to get adjusted. Chiropractic care is a great way to not only help relieve the headaches that stress might cause, but it is a great source of stress relief as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had patients come into the office under huge amounts of stress and leave feeling great and relaxed. So, don’t forget to get adjusted this year either!
I hope this post has given you some tips on how to make 2018 your most successful year yet. If you’ve already made your new year’s resolutions, stick to them and good luck! If you haven’t made any yet, now is a great time to start.