At the beginning of a new year, many of us reflect on the previous year and start thinking about things we want to change or accomplish in the new year. If you’re like most people, you have probably set some new year’s resolutions for 2023.
There are a number of reasons why goal setting is important. Goals give you a sense of purpose. They give you direction, something to focus your efforts. They also help you stay motivated. If you set a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, time sensitive, relevant), you have a very clear and detailed vision. You know exactly what you’re working towards and when you want to achieve it.
While it’s great to set goals, it’s important to also consider HOW you’re going to achieve those goals!
The best way to start working on your goals is to break them down into smaller, more manageable goals. That way, you can focus on one thing at a time and not feel overwhelmed. When we try to do too many things at once, our overall success rate plummets.
It’s also important to remember to be patient. If weight loss is your goal, remember that you didn’t put on all of the weight overnight. It’s not going to come off overnight! Healthy and sustainable weight loss should be at a slow and gradual pace, about 1-2 pounds per week.
Sometimes, the most difficult part is figuring out where to even start when thinking about achieving your goals. Start small and with the lowest hanging fruit. Once you take the first step and start achieving smaller goals, the momentum will build and the rest will become much easier.
Find an accountability buddy! Motivation will come and go, so having someone who is there to support you and hold you accountable can be so important in keeping you on track.
Create a vision board! A vision board is a visual representation of what you are wanting for yourself, who you want to be, and what you want to accomplish. Having a visual reminder that you see everyday can help keep your goals in the front of your mind.
If you want to achieve your goals this year, start thinking about HOW!