The clock has struck midnight and your New Year’s resolutions begin in 3-2-1! Are you really ready to make leaps and bounds towards your new life to action your new goals and resolutions for 2016 right away? …Seeing as it’s only Day 1, chances are probably not. That’s why we think it’s a smart idea to be a little more gentle with yourself when creating goals and setting intentions for the year ahead. It seems the Chinese New Year, which falls in February may be a more realistic time to be setting goals and taking action when life is seemingly back to normal and we are in our routines once again!
Check out our plan for setting both realistic and meaningful intentions for the New Year:
Take It Easy In January:
Easing yourself into a new lifestyle takes time. We all have admirable goals of getting fit like never before, starting that new eating plan, cutting expenses to save money, or even simply to start waking up early to meditate…but when you pressure yourself to keep this new pattern going right from the beginning, you can actually set yourself up for failure more than you might think! we say be gentle with yourself, ease in slowly and set realistic time frames for when you be best able to action your new years goals.
Be Honest About Your Time Commitment:
It’s commonplace that we don’t take enough time for ourselves in our day to day lives. Between working all week, taking care of the kids, loving the partners, and socializing with the friends, there’s not much time to sit back and reflect on what you want to do for yourself, let alone enough time to actually do it! Be honest with yourself when choosing a goal for 2016 and the time that it may require from your schedule. Even if it might seem like you have no time left for yourself, know that you can always make time. Wake up a little earlier, hire a babysitter for an afternoon, or even invite your partner to join you on your personal goal! Making time for you should be on the top of your list – Self care is PRIORITY!
Start Your Goals In February:
Use the month of January to take the time to really set your goals, since let’s face it, the holidays will leave you little to no time for true self reflection. Embrace the New Year with open arms and enjoy yourself while taking time to consider what changes you might want to slowly implement into your life without pressuring yourself to perfectly meet your goal. By getting serious about sticking to your new pattern of change in the second month of the year, you’ll feel better about following through because you’ve allowed yourself enough time to really consider what you’re up for and what is realistically achievable.
How To Keep Yourself Accountable:
It can be so easy to skip a day at the gym or hit the snooze button if no one is watching! Set yourself up for success to meet your goals in the new year by asking a close friend or loved one to help keep you accountable as you transition into making your goals become apart of your lifestyle. Or you could keep a calendar specific to your goal and write out weekly mini-goals that will help achieve your bottom line where you can also track your progress on a daily basis.
Don’t Forget To Celebrate Your Triumphs:
To keep yourself motivated, be sure to take a moment of your time to appreciate yourself and how far you’ve come in meeting your overall goal for the year. By giving yourself a reward to look forward to you can effectively motivate yourself to keep pushing forward! Remember self care should be on the top of your list, put some nurturing time into your weekly routine and make 2016 your best year yet.
So, what are you big ideas for changing your life in 2016? Are you excited to commit to your goals in February? Share with us in the comments – we’d love to hear!