Here we are into the first week of 2016 and all anyone is talking about are New Year's Resolutions. A few people are all about resolutions and are really successful throughout the year with keeping them. However, I (along with most people I chat with on December 31st) are not. I have nothing against setting goals, actually I fully support them and am going to give you some helpful tips when making goals in a minute. But I wanted to make it clear that when I set goals for myself at the beginning of the year/month/week they are not "New Year's Resolutions."
In my experience resolutions are not thought out, way too generic and never followed through. I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say "My New Year's Resolution is to be healthy." Ok, great. What does that mean? Are you going to work out 5 times a week? Are you just going to cut back to 5 cheeseburgers instead of 10 a week? How does anyone accomplish something that vague? So my first tip when setting goals this year is to BE SPECIFIC. My personal resolution for what feels like the past 10 years has been to read more. I've tried so many times and failed but what is "more" anyway? And "more" of what? Books? Blogs? Articles online? So in order to be specific I've set a goal and picked out 4 books (I'm set on reading blogs, articles, Buzzfeed lists etc.) that I want to finish reading this year. I'm really good at starting books, not so good at finishing them.
I've also seen people get pretty crazy when making New Year's Resolutions. They get excited and over-ambitious because they think they have an entire year to complete their goal. And you do but if you wanted to run a marathon in 2015 and didn't get off the couch until October, you have a bit of a problem. So my second tip is MAKE IT ATTAINABLE. Yes, absolutely give yourself a challenge but make sure it's not an out-of-this-world idea because you don't want to be discouraged. Baby steps are better than no steps. If you've never run a day in your life but want to become a runner, maybe make it a goal to run a mile straight by March, two miles by June, three by September and sign up for a 5k before the year is out. That's pretty darn impressive if you couldn't run more than a minute in January.
Finally, MAKE IT MEASUREABLE. If you tell yourself you're going to be positive in 2016, how the heck are you gonna track that? If you want to be “positive” instead maybe set a goal of keeping a gratitude journal that you write in every day. And then at the end of each week/month re-read all of the wonderful things you were thankful for. I speak from experience when I say if I don't track it, it's easier to forget about it or lie about it when people ask how I'm doing.
So those are 3 little tips I have for ya to kick off 2016. Whether you love New Year's Resolutions or just can't stick with them, I think you'll be able to apply these tricks to any goals you'll make. If you have any other suggestions for sticking with goals definitely let us know!