It doesn’t matter if it’s just for New Year’s Eve or any day of the year, it’s always good to set goals to make changes that will improve our health, our fitness and cultivate our well-being. But let’s face it, how many of us reached the second week of January meeting those goals?
Statistically only 75% of the people who make New Year’s Resolutions manage to maintain them during the first week. By the end of the year only 12%, or 1 in 10 people, has achieved the goal that was proposed. And as I have been part of the statistics, I understand perfectly why.
The New Year always brings an impulse and an energy that motivates us and helps us to create goals. But we forget that we are the same person as the previous year.
So here I share with you several tips and three steps that personally helps me to set my goals at any time, not just in the new year. The idea is to always achieve what we propose.
Your goals should be:
- Specific: take your goal of “getting more exercise” to determine what days, what times and what exercises you will be doing. Be as precise as you can, regardless of whether it’s a great goal or just drop a few extra pounds.
- Relevant and realistic: they have to be important to you and the change you want to achieve. And above all things, you must be able to make it a reality, without having to depend on anyone else. This way you will avoid disappointments and demotivation you on the way.
- Temporary: must have a time to make them come true. Avoid creating goals that you can give lengthy for so long that you forget them or lose importance.
- Active: your goals depend on you and what you can do to fulfill.
- Fair: don’t be unfair to yourself and punish yourself or deprive yourself of things you enjoy. Make concessions and exchanges, don’t eliminate things from your life and remember to reward yourself in every effort you make.
And now how to start?
- Think on a large scale: to set your goals, you must first take into account the whole picture of your life. What do you imagine you will do with your life? Or at least on a large-scale portion, such as 10 years. Think about the whole scenario and set a big goal.
- From a great goal to several goals: now take that big goal and break it into many smaller goals.
- And finally, start with the first.
Make of the 2017 a year of success in which you fulfill all the goals you propose, cultivate your well-being and strengthen your mind every day, in a balance that makes you happy.
Specialist in Emotional Education and Stress Management