Did you make a big New Year’s Resolution or big goal this year? Maybe it was to finally lose those 30 extra pounds. Maybe it was to finally quit smoking or pay down your credit card debt. Maybe it was to finally start your own business and become your own boss.
We tend to make big resolutions at the beginning of the year. And why not, we have an entire year to complete them. That may sound like a good thing at first, but a few days in you realize that that’s a pretty big goal. And a year is a long time. Sticking to a low-calorie diet for an entire year sounds daunting, doesn’t it? And how about not being able to go out to eat or get your nails done for an entire year so you can use the money to pay off your student loans? I personally know I’d never make it the entire year.
So, it’s no wonder New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January. Instead of making resolutions, make SMART goals. And instead of taking it one year at a time, try taking it one week at a time. Yes, your end goal will still be big, but instead of being good for the coming 12 months, try sticking to your diet, exercising or living frugally for the next week.
Once you make it to Sunday, challenge yourself to stick to your end goal for another week. It won’t take long before you start to see some progress. And once you start seeing progress, this motivates you to keep up with your goal.
As you stick to your new good habits week after week, they will become habits. Choosing a salad over a burger and fries will become second nature eventually. Healthy food will start to taste better eventually, and you’ll love having extra energy and an overall better wellbeing. You’ll keep going for your daily walk and saying no when someone offers you a smoke.
Your habits start to change for the better and it will become easier and easier to stick to these changes. Before you know it, December rolls around and you realize that this is the year when your goals finally stuck. And you did it one week at a time.
You can check out more from this Girl With Goals series below and be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss the rest of this great series.
- Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They are Dreams…Get ‘Em Done Instead
- Setting S.M.A.R.T. Financial Goals
- Stop Thinking of Your Goals as Resolutions Because they Aren’t
- Major Key to Staying on Track: Measuring Your Progress
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