The ball has dropped, the fireworks have been set off from New York to Sydney, Australia, and the confetti has been swept away from the streets. Now, all that’s left is you. You and your 2015 goals.
So how can you make sure that your resolutions don’t fade away as quickly as the celebrations? Well, it starts with putting things in perspective, being flexible and, quite simply, being prepared to follow through.
Check out these steps to find out how you can get a head start on your 2015 goal-mindset so your resolutions don’t end up fading away later.
Keep a diary
Having hard evidence of why exactly you want to follow through on your goals can provide a big boost down the road when you’re questioning the value of getting up at 5AM for a workout, for example. Remember the pros of your goals by writing down your thoughts on them and updating them as you go along.
Rewarding yourself for your achievements is something you’d likely not forget to do. However, rewarding yourself the right way is what’s important. Make sure your rewards aren’t simply you allowing yourself to do something you’re trying to quit “just one more time”. If you want to stop smoking, for example, reward yourself with a nice dinner, not a cigarette. This way, your rewards will become fully associated with progress.
Avoid a black-and-white view
Too often students give up on their resolutions because they haven’t accomplished them by February or March. Remember, though, that resolutions aren’t a pass/fail ordeal. They’re a journey. Keep this perspective in mind as you progress towards your goal and don’t let a bad week throw you off completely from trying to accomplish your goals.
Be prepared to tweak goals
Students are an ambitious people. And while this is always a good thing in the classroom, it can sometimes mean for your resolutions that you set your standards too high. If you find yourself not having the time or energy to reach your goals, don’t be afraid to adjust them. After all, it’s better to accomplish small goals one by one than never reach your overall aim.
Don’t get caught up in the hype
It’s all fine and dandy to think of the New Year as a time to change yourself for the better. But it’s also important to remember that you can change yourself anytime you want, not just on January 1st. Remember this simple message and you’ll be more likely to decide to change whenever you may feel it’s right, rather than simply aim to change sometime in the future. Though it is only the first week of 2015, the future is today.