I can’t believe we are already a month into the new year. I always love the new year because it gives you a chance to break old habits, start better habits and try do more than you did the year before. I’m sure you have set goals/resolutions for this year just like every other year but let’s make this year different. Let’s actually stick to our goals. How do I stick to my goals this year you ask? Maybe these tips can help.

Phone a Friend

Find a friend with similar goals to help hold you accountable and support you on your journey. The idea here is two is better than one. You may be tempted to give-up without the proper support but if you have someone else to encourage you and that needs your encouragement then you are more likely to stick to your plan.

The Company you Keep

If you are trying to quit smoking it’s not the best idea to hang around a bunch of smokers. Just like the tip above sometimes the difference between accomplishing your goal and not accomplishing it is the people you are around. The old saying “birds of a feather stick together” still holds true. 

New Routine

Sometimes we do things just because we are used to doing them even though we may want to change them. I heard somewhere that it takes five days of doing something before it becomes a habit. So if there is something that you have been doing for years it may take more than a couple of weeks even months to break the habit. Try finding something to do in place of the habit you are trying to break.

Write it Down/Make Visuals

Hold yourself accountable. Sometimes writing things down makes them feel more real. Not only should you keep a visual aid of what you want to accomplish (vision board etc) but also on a piece of paper. Write that goal and make it real, reinforce your plan by seeing it everyday.

Roll with the punches

You have to be ready for setbacks. It’s not always going to go exactly the way you planned it. Just because you get knocked off track doesn’t mean you should quit completely. You have to be flexible and readjust as you need to. Achieving part of a goal is better than achieving none. If you are trying to save $100 and only manage $70, don’t blow the $70 because you were 30 short. Adjust, reassess and move forward.

Daily/Monthly/Weekly Checkup

Find a time frame that works for you to revisit your goals and update your progress. You want to make sure you are making positive progress and that you are going in the right direction. More than likely you will have to change course several times throughout the process. Things look different the closer you get to them, make sure you adjust your path accordingly. 

Clearly Define Your Goal

If your goal is to loose weight this year don’t just leave it at that. Get descriptive, that leaves less room for you to let yourself off the hook. Instead of loose weight this year go with something more descriptive like I’m going to lose 30 pounds by November 30th. You can always readjust your goal but it is easier to make a plan for a specific goal with a specific time frame. 

Make a plan

Figure out what steps you need to take to accomplish the goals you have set out for yourself. Everyone needs a plan. You can’t save more money if you don’t budget. Take some time to figure out what you need to do in order to achieve the goal that you have set and take steps towards them.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu