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Making Your New Year Goals Achievable

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Make This New Year Count!

As unbelievable as it may sound, we are about to change the year! (Again! Boy am I getting old!) And as usual, this is a period when we start making balance of the year we’ve had, the goals we have achieved and the ones that fell at some point down the road. It is a moment to look back, and sometimes we feel disappointed at ourselves or the circumstances, and we make the promise that next year things will really change. I’ve been there and done that! For this, I am writing these tips for you to forget about New Year rituals and goal lists and get your hands dirty, so 2019 is not just a purpose but the year where your goals become a reality!

1. Make it small

Perhaps you have been wanting to get fit, eat healthier, lose a few pounds, quit smoking, you name it. If a healthy life is your purpose that’s a great goal! However, if you go from doing no activity at all, having a questionable diet and no more recommendable habits to the healthiest person in town, you will probably be over it by January 10th!

Instead of a radical change in your lifestyle that makes you feel overwhelmed and that will make you feel like a failure or a quitter, consider approaching it step by step. Start by, say, cutting off sodas and having a decent, homemade and healthy breakfast at least 3 times a week. Instead of signing up for the gym and doing Jason Momoa’s workout from day 1, try getting fit first by committing to a 30 minute brisk walk every other day for a week and then introduce a bit of running and walking to it. The idea here is to break it into smaller but achievable goals that make you feel motivated and looking forward to doing more!

2. Don’t be optimistic

Don’t get this wrong! Be optimistic, please, think that the best is yet to come and look forward to all the good and positive that is to come to your life, but don’t be optimistic about how much you can get done tomorrow.

Yeah, I’m speaking of when you postpone your workout because you can get it done next day, and next day you do it again but you’re going to catch up on the weekend… You get it, right? Being too optimistic about our “catching up” skills is the key for failing! Of course, the occasional rescheduling won’t hurt you, but be mindful.

3. Schedule wisely

If you want to write a book and you’ve never been sitting before your keyboard writing for more than 20 minutes, don’t schedule three hours on Monday to dedicate to your book. It’s better to set aside 15 minutes and actually commit to them than taking on amounts of time that you’re not going to fill with the activity you intended. The key here is to see progress and avoid disappointment, so go for the manageable and you will build up pride on your progress and confidence in your willpower.

4. Keep track of your progress

This one may sound a bit silly, but it is actually a wonderful way to stay motivated. When you have something to look back at and realize how far you’ve come, you will not want to go back to your ways of the past!

Sibyl’s Verdict

With these simple tips, you will be able to make a difference and feel much more empowered and fulfilled. What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. To get over my biggest mistake for the last 5 years. To finally have the strength to get over him.

  2. You are right in doing small steps. I moved from 6 bedrooms (2 homes) to 2 bedrooms and my house is a mess. My goal is to get that manageable this year. My sister says to do all the sheds and barns too. I say start with the house and move on if I can achieve that.
    This way I am not overwhelmed trying to get it all done and not doing any of it.