A Bullet-Proof Plan To Successfully Achieve Your New Year’s Goals
Written by: Kat Gal
2017 – a brand new year, a new start, a fresh slate and … new goals that you need to achieve this time around. How exciting!
Setting goals is always such a great feeling. You feel ready, powerful and more ready than ever.
But will you actually achieve these goals? I know, there is always that doubt in your head. Gym memberships skyrocket on January 1st and yet, the gyms are empty by the second part of the month. Statistically speaking, most new year resolutions don’t last and perhaps you haven’t even met half of your 2016 goals. I know, it can feel daunting. But don’t worry. You can totally achieve your goals this year.
Here is a bullet-proof plan to help you achieve your 2017 goals like a champ.
1. Know Your Why And Core Desires
When you set your goals, it is important to know your strong ‘why.’ If your reasons behind your goals are not strong enough, you are less likely to achieve them. If your goals come from an outside source – like your mom, a magazine, a significant other, a teacher, or societal expectations – or outside pressure, you are also less likely to achieve them.
It is extremely important that YOU want YOUR goals and that you know WHY you want them. It is great to have support from the outside, but the want and the why needs to come from within you. Knowing your core desires can help this process too.
How do you want to feel when you achieve your goals? What feelings do you desire? Let’s say you want to lose weight. But why? What will happen then? You will fit into your skinny jeans. Your blood pressure will drop. You will have more energy and feel healthier. Okay, fair enough. But how will you feel then? Happy? Proud? Excited? Empowered? Sexy? Energetic? Dig deep. Which one of these feelings do you desire the most?
These core desires are the leading force behind your actions. Afterall, being skinny, but not feeling well and happy is not what you want. You want to feel good – you want to feel amazing. Dig deep – what feelings mean ‘amazing’ for you?
2. Use The Word Intention Instead Of Goal
Using the word goal can bring a lot of pressure into your life and can feel like a school assignment. ‘I intend to’ brings a different energy to ‘my goal is,’ making your goals more fun, more desirable and more achievable. The word intention will feel like much more of an ease and provide more flexibility (and course correction) to work with and to achieve your goals.
3. Break Things Down Into Actions
Just think about it, running a marathon is not a one step process of running it and it definitely doesn’t start with finishing it. It is built up of small steps and daily actions: training runs, building up your long runs, dealing with setbacks (bad weather, illness and injuries) and making progress every day.
You may start with a 1 or 3 mile run, but you will eventually finish 26.2. The same goes for every goal. If you want to feel your healthiest self, or lose 20 pounds, or be a meditation queen or king by the end of 2016, know your end goal (or intention), but break it down into smaller and doable action steps that will help you work towards your goal each time.
Increase your gym sessions over time, add an extra juice or healthy meal each day and slowly eliminate junk, begin with a 1-2 minute meditation session and work it up to 20-minutes a day over time.
4. Create Habits Based On Your Action Steps
Building habits takes time. It may be difficult to drink your first green juice or attend your first yoga class, but as you do it over and over again, it will become a habit. You will look forward to it. You can create a little chart of your new habits, putting a smiley face next to each day you do it.
It generally takes 21 days to develop a new habit: if you are consistent, of course. Doing it on the 1st, 5th and 21st day only doesn’t count, be consistent.
5. Celebrate Small Successes
So meeting your goal may take time. Your goals may even change over-time. But achieving small goals within your goal and meeting action steps is a big deal too. Congratulate yourself for each step well done. Celebrate each milestone. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself. A nice meal, a massage, 15 extra minutes for yourself, a walk in the park, watching your favorite movie and sleeping in one day are all excellent ideas to celebrate each important step on the way. You deserve it.
6. Learn From The Past
The past is gone, of course and it’s important not to dwell on it. But you can easily learn from your past mistakes. Perhaps you made the same goals last year. Why haven’t you achieved them? What were your stumbling blocks?
Review what went wrong and think about how you can do it better next time. The same goes for your small goals and steps this year. If you stumble once, don’t get discouraged, but learn from it and think about how you can do better next time.
7. Reflect And Review
Regular reflection and review can remind you of your big goal and your small successes and can also help you to think about your stumbles. Monthly reflections are especially helpful to make adjustments as needed to achieve your goals. A quarterly big-review session provides an opportunity to truly reflect.
If your goals changed, modify them. If a new goal popped up that is truly important, add it. If there is a goal you’ve achieved ahead of time or you don’t want any more, remove it. Your 2017 goals made at the end of 2016 are not set in stone. Don’t bail after 2 days, but don’t be afraid to change your course during your quarterly reflection session.
8. Put Them Where You Can See Them
If you don’t write down your intentions or don’t see them enough, you may forget them or your self-sabotaging self may convince you that they are not important. Creating a vision board is very helpful. Putting your exact goals by your desk, on your fridge or on your bathroom mirror is an excellent idea as well. You can write a list on your phone as well and set an alarm so it pops up daily or use it as your screensaver on your computer.
What are your 2017 goals? How will you achieve them? How can we support you in the process? Share in the comments below, we would love to hear about your goals.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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