We all want to be better than we were the year before. Whether it’s spending more quality time with our children, signing up for classes at the local college, quitting smoking, or exercising more, we all have the desire to achieve more.
It’s also true that it’s better to have set a goal and fall a bit short, than to not have set a goal at all. So if you’ve already fallen short on your goal, re-group and try again. It’s not too late.
Here are some tips that might help you stick to your plan:
Take Small Steps
Try to come up with small daily or weekly steps to help you see immediate results and give you a sense of accomplishment. For example, if your goal is to lose weight: I will go for a walk at lunch and everyday I will keep a food journal.
Change for Yourself
Your desire to change needs to come from a sincere desire to do so. Don’t try to change to please anyone else. This is an opportunity for you to look forward in a positive way, rather than to punish yourself for past behaviors.
Make sure your goal and plan of action are realistic and convenient. The only way your goal will truly become reality is if you believe in it, but most importantly, you believe in yourself. Find a role model who has achieved and is living your goal.
Anticipate potential roadblocks and have an alternate plan. Also, whenever you feel that you are off target, re-group and get back on track.
Put a reward system into your plan of action. As you hit milestones, decide on what reward you will give yourself each step of the way. For example, buy a new outfit, go get a manicure, get tickets for that concert or game. Make your rewards personal.
Remember you are your best supporter. A well-thought-out plan can help you live your life the best way possible, starting from the inside!
Wellness Business Consultant, BCBSNE