Who doesn’t love New Year’s Eve? It’s a chance to go out with friends and family, sip some champagne, kiss your sweetie and let’s not forget celebrate the past year and what is to come! With new years comes a sense of a new beginning. A way to start the year fresh and think of all the things we want to accomplish. So what do we do? We set an incredible pressure on ourselves to accomplish what we have been putting off for years. Yes I’m talking about new year’s resolutions. We all do it. We feel we’ve pack on the pounds, haven’t finished that book, or maybe slacked at work or at school. Whatever it is, we feel guilty and thus the resolutions appear and they are extremely hard to keep.
Ever notice that as soon as January 1st hits, there are way more people at your gym than ever? As horrible as it sounds, I wait to go to the gym once January passes and February arrives, as that’s when it slows down again. Why? Because all of those people set their resolution to incorporate more exercise in their daily routine. It’s a tough thing to stick to with all of our busy schedules, but yet without fail every year by February, the gym population slows down.
The problem with setting a major goal like that is that it’s extremely hard to achieve right off the get go. I’ve been there. I wanted to be healthier and exercise so I signed up for an expensive gym membership and my momentum didn’t last long either.
What was key for me to my success was setting multiple short term realistic goals for each month rather than 1 huge goal for the year. It kept me motivated and I felt less pressured and frustrated in the end.
This perspective works for anything you want to accomplish, not just going to the gym.
However for example say you did want to be more fit and healthy you could set your goal to be:
- Go to the gym 2 times a week or go for a half hour walk every day
- Eat more vegetables this month
- Cut out sugar and fast food
This is more attainable and you will feel great and really see your progress. Keeping a journal is a great way to monitor your goal achievement.
What I like to do is set monthly goals that are all different. It’s nice to have variety of different things.
I hope to accomplish the following goals for the month of April and report on my success!
- Stay offline 1 day per week
- Read 20 pages of a novel every day
- Exercise 4 times a week
- Eat more veggies
- Send cards and letters to family and friends
- Create photo albums
- Watch positive documentaries
- Go swimming
- Read more about Buddhism and Buddhist perspective
- Go to the library and check out books
Now that my list is complete, what’s stopping you from creating yours?