Starting a new year can be depressing or exciting, depending on how you look at it. For anyone, it is the opportunity for a fresh start and a new game plan. You can enjoy a successful new year with twenty rules for yourself.
Setting Goals for a Successful New Year
With this in mind, it’s crucial to go into any new year with a brutally honest self assessment. Only when you accept your true flaws and weaknesses and you able to build plans to improve them. Once your plan is established, set up some attainable, short-term goals to measure your progress.
For example, you may not like the way you look naked, and you think it would be nice to lose fifteen pounds. Set the goal to lose 1.25 pounds per month, and measure your progress weekly. To attain this goal, set micro goals around exercise and nutrition. One way to do this would be to agree to log every meal in a calorie tracking app, and only eat 1,500 calories per day. In parallel, agree to exercise four times per week for at least thirty minutes. Both of these activities are trackable and measurable.
Mindset Makes the Successful New Year
It’s critical to consistently maintain a positive mindset, as negative thoughts can derail your goals and happiness. Life coaches like Robin Sharma recommend keeping a daily gratitude journal. It it, you’d record one thing you are grateful for every day, thus keeping your focus on the good. The manner in which you start your day is significant, so start putting together a basic morning routine consisting of exercise, journaling, and meditation. You’ll find you possess more mental clarity in the morning, as the distractions of the day have yet to effect you.
Play the Long Game
Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. You are going to experience good and bad weeks, but the key is to be seeing strong month over month progress. Installing new behaviors takes anywhere from sixty to ninety days, so expect some growing pains along the way. With this in mind, stay patient and keep yourself focused on your daily micro goals. The big results will come!
-Your Big Bro