You don’t have to wait until January. Reset and Recommit to your goals NOW!
Recommit to your goals or create new ones. Here are a few tips on how to write goals. WRITE THEM DOWN! This makes it real and gives you a plan of action.
1. Don’t start with “what do I want to do,” but “who do you want to be?” Describe the kind of person you want to be, not what you want to achieve. Do you want to be more disciplined? Making better health choices? A better example for your children?
2. What do you do every day? Take your description of the person you want to be and make a list of kinds of things that person does every day. What are your habits? It helps if you talk to or read up on what people like the person you want to be actually do because it’s often WAY less than you think.
3. Have the courage, the bravery to pick ONE of those habits to start with. Just one. Pick. One. Habit. ONE. I know it’s not sexy, but it’s brave. You’re doing this to become the person you want to be. ONE step at a time.
4. Ask yourself, “am I 90-100% confident that I can do this habit every day for 2 weeks?” If the answer is no, have the courage to make it smaller. Are you unsure you can go to the gym every day? How about waking up earlier? How about just setting the alarm on your phone? You just need to get started. All that matters is momentum.
5. Find a trigger, like setting an alarm, you can rely on to remind you. All habits need a trigger or we often just forget. Life gets in the way, so make sure you have something you can’t ignore in the way of the status quo. Block your door with your running shoes. Set a recurring 6 am alarm on your phone. Ask a friend to remind you.
6. Do that habit or something that makes that habit easier to do tomorrow, every day.Just show up. Put one foot in front of the other. Even if it’s a single step, all that matters is momentum. One day may be easier than another, but you showed up and that counts!
7. Track your process. Make a hash mark on your desk calendar. Track it in in MyFitnessPal. You need to see it. You need to celebrate it. Tracking in and of itself is progress. It’s a step in the right direction.
8. Forgive your slips ups. It doesn’t matter if you miss a day. It doesn’t matter if you miss two days. All that matters is momentum and today. You have to be obstinate about the present. Have the courage to forgive yourself and see your slip-ups as progress. Because obstacles are the path, life happens. All you have to do is keep moving forward.