Many people might open this article assuming it will be the same as all the rest; promising unrealistic results in such a short amount of time. How to lose 20 lbs in 2 weeks!! How to kick-start your 2018 dieting program!! How to be happier in 1 day!! This article is NOT about that. It is about zeroing on yourself to see how you can set yourself up for ultimate success – no matter what branch of your life it may be in. Here are 3 great ways to start on this journey, no matter who you are or what walk of life you are in:
1. Reflect on 2017
Before you launch into 2018, you need to take a moment to pause and reflect on 2017. What challenges did you face? What successes did you have? In what ways did you grow? In what ways did you get stuck? Think about prompts like this and brain-dump onto paper. Write it allllllll out. This can help you unlock some deep-rooted feelings and thoughts you might not even know about.
2. Visualize Your 2018
Once you have reflected on last year, you can begin to visualize this year. Imagine your best year yet…what does it look like? What do you want it to be like? How do you see yourself this year? What do you want to accomplish? What might hold you back that you want to overcome? Again, write it all out. Even if you’re not an avid journal-er, it can still make a big impact to see all that you hope for on paper.
3. Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
Yes, some people think New Years resolutions don’t last…and for them, they’re right with an attitude like that! If you want to accomplish something and you set your mind to it, you will succeed. It could be one goal, it could be 20! Just make sure they follow these general “SMART” guidelines:
-Specific: Instead of saying, I want to have more fun, make it more specific. A better alternative would be, I want to go sky-diving or I want to take a trip to Colorado.
-Measurable: For some goals, you wont need this, but for many you will. Make sure your goal can be measured in some way. For example, instead of saying, I want to run more, say, I want to run three 5ks this year because can measure the amount the races you run.
-Achievable: Make sure your goal is one that can be done by you. Sure, you may say, I want to complete a half-marathon, but you haven’t ran in a few years! For someone else who has been running consistently, this goal would make sense. But for you, start small and work from there. A more achievable goal would be, I want to finish a fun-run.
-Realistic: Don’t get this one too confused with achievable. The difference it what resources are available to you. Once you have decided if something is achievable or not, then move on to look at what you have in your life and/or community. Do you have somewhere you can work towards your goal? Do you have someone who can help you accomplish it?
-Timely: Set a time constraint for yourself to complete the goal. If you make it time-less, then you are less likely to finish it. So, instead of saying, I want to go on a trip, give yourself a deadline to do it, such as, I want to go on a trip over Spring Break.
And there you have it! Three easy ways to embark on your amazing year. I wish you all the best of luck for 2018!
Written by Hannah Garrett on 1/1/2018