Maintaining Your 2019 Resolutions

We are a few months into 2019 and if you are like most people who made resolutions or goals for the year you may have found you have lost some steam or have given up completely. Even if you feel like you are completely off track, there is still plenty of time to reach those goals. We have a simple plan to recommit and keep making progress throughout 2019.

Keep it Realistic & Attainable

Start by revisiting your resolution or goal. Was it something attainable? Or were you shooting for the moon? If our goals are too big it can be VERY easy to get discouraged. If your goal in 2019 was to run a marathon and you currently do not run that is a lot to accomplish to get from point A to point B. A more realistic and attainable goal might be to run a 5K. It may feel like a year-long goal should be huge, but a year is not that long and you have all of the other things you have to do in life in addition to working on your goal, so keep it realistic and attainable.

Break it Into Micro Goals

Once you have an attainable and realistic goal break it into micro goals. If we continue the example of running a 5k, start with walking for 30 minutes twice per week. This is a tiny thing that moves you closer to your goal and it completely doable. After you have done that for a couple of weeks, make another tiny goal to continue your twice per week walks but you run for one minute and walk for three. By creating tiny goals, you get a sense of accomplishment and keeps you wanting to move toward your goal.

Treat Yourself

When you reach your tiny goals treat yourself! Figure out what will motivate you to keep working. Is it a new book, a pair of shoes, a massage or a dinner at your favorite restaurant? Whatever you can do to incentivize yourself will help keep you on track.

Create Accountability and Support

It is a proven fact that if you have some sort of accountability you are more likely to achieve a goal. Simply telling someone about your goal increased the likelihood you will succeed. If you set up an accountability system with someone who you are checking in with your chances are even better. If your resolution was to write a book in 2019, maybe you find a friend or colleague to give 20 pages to once per week. If you know that someone is waiting to check in with you it is more likely you will stay on track.

Even if you have gotten off track with your resolutions, don’t beat yourself up! There is nothing magical about January 1. Every minute, hour, day, week, or month is a chance for a fresh start. As long as you are making some effort you are moving toward your goal and resolutions.

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