It’s almost January!! Let’s make a bunch of random promises to ourselves that we’re not going to keep! That’s what I thought every January. I would start out with a random plan that didn’t reflect my goals. “I’m going to start a diet.” “I’m going to craft more.” I would make “deals” with myself. “I can have this cake if I don’t eat anything else bad today.” It was a train wreck from January till about March when it had all fallen apart anyway.
I know a few of you might be feeling the same way. You know the high of your good intentions will soon fade and you’ll be left with regret and bad juju. Well I’m writing this to tell you it’s ok. You can still change your mind set and make your “resolutions” work. The first step is to stop thinking about them as resolutions. Commit to a lifestyle change. A change for your life not just for the sake of a new year. Yes it’s great to get in shape for an event, but what happens after that? How can you keep those changes going when they are no longer needed?
One great way is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for each month. Yes each month! 12 specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time- bound goals. This will set you up for success. You won’t be worrying about how you are going to get through the year without spending money on eating out. You will be eating out once a month on a set budget of x amount of dollars. And you can decrease that amount each month if you want.
Another great way to make sure you succeed is to change the way you look at your goals. It’s not about what you can’t do. It’s about what you will achieve. Instead of saying “I’m not going to have any fast food.” Change that to “I will eat a healthy option when I feel like fast food.” You are taking charge of your options and giving yourself the power to choose better.
The last way to make sure you succeed is to allow yourself to fail. Say what?!? Yup, allow yourself a few errors in the beginning. Just because you slipped once does not mean you give up. If you set a goal of going to the gym Monday Wednesday and Friday and on Monday life just didn’t workout for you to workout, don’t sweat it. Get back at it on Tuesday. You do not have to berate yourself and throw in the towel. You do have to admit your are human and want to be better. So get back up and be better.
Now go make goals and be awesome!