As we begin 2020, New Year’s resolutions are top of mind. Whatever area of your life you’re hoping to improve, it’s important to remember that this journey is not going to be perfect. You may miss a day of working out or your business may not grow at the rate you hoped, but that doesn’t mean you’re not moving in the right direction.
Here are three ways to stick to your goals in the new year:
Remind yourself daily of where you’re going.
Every morning, take a few minutes to remember where you want to be. What does your dream life look like and more importantly how does it feel?It is sometimes so easy to get caught up in the logistics of what our dream life looks like and we miss the whole point of the exercise. The point is to feel good. We want to start each day with gratitude for the present moment, while also establishing hope in our futures. Whether you’re writing this out, meditating on your vision or saying a prayer – just make sure the process makes you feel good. And please don’t wait until you’ve fallen off the wagon or are in full panic mode to take this time for yourself. If this practice is done consistently, you won’t have frequent moments of panic. You’ll be confident in knowing this is all part of the journey.
Every time you make a mistake, decide to see this as a detour in the right direction. Every seemingly wrong turn brings you one step closer to where you want to be, so embrace them. These events often teach us something we need to learn or make us more resilient & committed in achieving our goals. Sometimes these failures are guiding us in a way we can’t even comprehend yet. Have you ever looked back on a seemingly missed opportunity and were thankful it didn’t work out? It’s often hard to see in the moment, but trust that you are moving forward and embrace the journey.
Establish Your Why.
I want you to take five minutes to answer these questions and really feel into this.
- If you don’t make this change, how will your life look in five years? How will this affect your family? How will this affect your life?
- How will your life change if you do make this change? Who will this affect? What people will you help?
How did the answers to these questions make you feel? I want you to hold onto these feelings and fall back on them when you’re searching for motivation. When your alarm goes off at 5am to go on that run, I want you to think back to how this change will affect your family and your life.
Remember why this is important and why this needs to happen now. Sometimes our goals feel so personal, but often they have a much larger effect than we realize. You have such a powerful effect on the world around you. So if you’re not going to do it for yourself, focus on who you need to do it for. Your family, your community, the people you want to help – they need you to step up and step into the person you were meant to be.
About the author: Sophie Stickelmaier is a Certified Success Coach with a passion for helping young women master their mindsets and achieve massive joy in all areas of their life. To learn more, head over to sophiestickelmaier.com.