New Year, Now What? Tips on Staying Motivated in 2017

A new date on the calendar can force us to change our entire outlook on life. A new year has always been a reason for people to make changes in their life. It’s like the only free pass you get to make a change and not be judged. We all been there before when we set a goal that didn’t make it pass the second day of the New Year. We may shrug it off and simply say, “Well, there’s always next year.” When the next year comes, we have a new set of goals on top of old goals. Some things just cannot happen in a year, However, there are things that can. We all feel the pressure of having to step up to the plate for the New Year. Before we let our goals fall to the waist side, let’s explore some ways that we can keep our goals intact without feeling like you bit off more than you can chew.

Understand the difference between long-term and short-term:Nothing happens overnight. Some goals need more than a year to be achieved. We often set our bar extremely high in the New Year to make the future seem more promising, but then we struggle keeping the bar up. Sometimes setting the bar too high leads to expected failures. Before you execute your goals understand what can be achieved within the next 3-6 months, and then what you want to have achieved by the end of the year. 365 days is a lot to cover, so don’t go crazy thinking that you have to get a billion things done in one year. We all know how quickly a year can go by.

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Create a Vision Board: A picture is worth a thousand words. Physically seeing your goals will help you stay persistent. A Vision board goes beyond a girl’s night celebration with wine. The concept behind it is what’s important. Your vision board does not necessarily have to be a collage, it can be sticky notes on your bathroom window, or reminders hidden around your place. A physical representation of what you want to achieve can help whenever you feel yourself going astray.

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Partner Up: Two is better than one. Don’t be selfish when it comes to setting and achieving goals. Yes, everyone has their own unique goals, but there are people who may be in the same boat as you. If you want to lose weight in the New Year, conjure up a workout group. Achieving your goal is not a competition. Helping others will allow you to see how attainable your goals are as well.

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Take Accountability: Excuses get in the way with everything. Life does happen, but don’t let an excuse stop you. If you fall short of a goal, accept it and work on how you can improve it.Sometimes you are the problem. It’s in our humanistic nature to blame other things for our short-comings, but sometimes you have to step up and take the blame for it.

Try, Try, try: The most important tip is to try! Nothing can be achieved if you don’t try. Even if things don’t work how you planned, you can at least say that you tried. When life knocks you down, get back up and go even harder. Don’t let your goals completely fall apart, pick them back up and keep going.

No matter how big or small your goals are for 2017, always put your health and happiness first. Goals are meant to make you step out of your comfort zone. However, make sure that you are always taking the proper time out for your own physical and mental health.

 

Article by Unique Ratcliff  

 

 

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