Have you ever been caught in the 'new year, new me' cycle? This cycle gives us the impression that when a new year comes, we will change.
We will stop going out drinking as much and start going to the gym. We will stop scrolling on social media as much and read more books. We will stop sleeping in and start having green juices in the morning. We will stop procrastinating and start working on our goals.
The truth is, yes, a new year can mean change. But, the new year isn't the only time for change. You can wake up earlier tomorrow. You can join the gym this week. You can start working on your goals right now. The problem with new years resolutions is the pressure.
There is SO much pressure on new years resolutions because everybody else has the same idea and most people end up in the same situation... It's January 1st, you have your notebook ready to set some new goals and get to work. But then it fizzles out and by January 31st, your resolutions are blown out the window. You're back to your old ways and that's it until next year.
I set new years goals every single year, but I also reevaluate and adjust my goals each month. I check-in with myself and make sure I'm still on target for what I'm hoping to accomplish. I change things if I need (including my overall goals if needed).
If you want your new years resolutions to work out this year, don't let them fizzle out. Here's a few ways you can ensure your new years resolutions don't fizzle out.
♡ Keep it simple
If you're usually creating huge goals lists and then usually not reaching them then chances are, you're probably overdoing it. Start with 3-5 goals and focus on them. There is no need to overcomplicate things.
♡ Make a plan
Create a plan for how you're going to reach your goal/s. Write 5-10 small steps on what actions you need to take to reach your goal.
♡ Check in regularly
As we grow, our goals will grow and evolve as well. This means checking in on our goals is essential. There's no point working towards a goal that we don't actually care about any more. I check in on my goals at least quarterly and assess where I'm at, if I'm happy with my progress, what actions I need to take next and if I need to change anything.
♡ Reward yourself
My favourite part of goals is rewards! Whenever I reach a goal (or a milestone step towards the main goal), I like to reward myself. Sometimes that's with a dinner out with my family, sometimes its a massage or sometimes its simply journaling on how proud I am of myself.
Reaching a goal is a big deal, so treat it like a big deal and reward yourself!
Make 2022 the year that you really are 'new year, new me'.
Certified Counsellor & Mental Health Coach