The Reality of Our Resolutions
The new year brings about new vigor. We make audacious goals to quit bad habits and create good ones. We’re excited. We are encouraging and even give encouragement to others. It’s almost like we’re new people. But sadly for so many of us, we experience a decline in that momentum. We aren’t running as fast as we were toward the goal. The goal we set before now seems bigger and almost impossible to accomplish and we begin to experience discouragement. Slowly but surely, the resolution transitions from an I must do to, I should do, to I might do, to its a good idea if I did do…
Hope To Keep Going
But this doesn’t have to be the sustaining reality. If we mustered the courage and momentum to create the goal and pursue it, even if only for a few weeks, we’ve already proven to ourselves that we have what it takes to keep going.
So how do we keep the momentum going and pursue the resolution that meant so much to us just a little while ago?
Tools to Achieve Your Resolutions
- Chunk Your Year’s Goal Into Smaller Weekly Goals
Don’t overwhelm yourself. Make it easier by picking smaller goals to focus on to build a momentum and a track record of success. As you make progress, don’t be afraid to change your weekly expectations if you set the bar too high or too low. Forward movement is the key.
2. Track Your Progress
Keep a log of your progress so you can reflect over time and enjoy the small successes. You’ll begin to see improvement and that will combat the self doubt and criticism that may come in the future. Be kind to yourself and remember this is a journey.
3. Remember Why Your Resolution is Important
On a daily basis, remind yourself what’s to be gained by attaining the goal. Don’t just focus on the activity, but focus on the feeling you’ll have when you attain victory in your pursuit.