Have you realized how fast 2021 is approaching? I’m sure you’ve started thinking about what your new year’s resolutions should be for the coming year. But honestly, did you even follow through with this years’ resolutions?
I want to give you some tips to set and plan out seriously achievable resolutions. After reading this, I’m sure you will be able to follow through on any goal or resolution for the whole 12 months using my Free Printable Goal Planner!
1. What Are Your Goals?
They have to be realistic and achievable – are you able to complete them within the year?
They have to inspire you – without passion or inspiration, you will quickly forget why you are doing it.
Write very descriptive goals. When you are ever in doubt or forgetful, you can then revert back to your description!
Chip away at the goal by setting small, manageable milestones that you can successfully meet.
Be kind to yourself about your goal. If you’re not able to stay on track within the first few months, don’t give up on it. Remember that you really have to fight for the better things in life. If completing this goal will be beneficial to you in any way, you should never stop fighting for it.
2. Determine What’s Stopping You!
Have a clear understanding of why you didn’t follow through with your goals in the past.
When these reasons start showing up this year-round, you are then able to steer away from it sooner and are able to handle them efficiently.
Create a counter-argument against your obstacle. The counter-argument should be able to help you know exactly how to combat any negative thoughts you can foresee.
An additional idea would be to have a specific affirmation, or scripture readily available!
Example: Sarah’s Weight Loss Resolution
Sarah has been trying to get fit for over 5 years, with no luck. She had tried multiple diets, she bought a gym membership (that she rarely used), and had even tried a few spinning classes. Her new year resolution last year was to put herself out there and get a personal trainer that she would meet three times per week. At the start of the year, she was doing great, but a few weeks went by and after being in the gym atmosphere surrounded by bodybuilders and slim build women, she started to feel self-conscious. She started making excuses for why she shouldn’t go anymore.
“I need to get new gym clothes, mine are so worn and old!”
“My shoes aren’t the proper running shoes, they make my ankles hurt!”
“I’m so tired after work that I just can’t seem to find the motivation.”
But this year, she wrote all of her excuses down and decided how she would counter-argue each and every one of them so that if she ever felt the doubt again, she would know what to do.
For her gym clothes excuse, she decided to wait for the summer sale at Macy’s and bought a variety of awesome gym gear including shoes, which also made her excited to go back to the gym!
Secondly, she also took note of a great quote she heard on the radio driving home from work one evening:
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” – Roy T. Bennett
This was a reminder to her to be grateful for her current blessings, and that feeling the need to buy new clothes might have been caused by deeper emotions.
3. Form The Habit EARLY
On average it takes about 66 days to form a habit.
Start creating your goals, strategically planning, and implementing the plan 66 days before January 1. Once the new year has come around, you will have had time to:
- Better formulate your plan
- Decide whether you need to make adjustments to the goal e.g further break it down, or set more realistic goals
- Create the habit to be able to go into the new year with a changed and adaptive mindset
By the time the new year rolls in, you are more confident in your ability to see your goal(s) through!
4. Use A Goal Planner
Make sure your plan won’t be lost under all your thoughts. Write them down!
Creating a descriptive plan is the most efficient way to successfully complete any goal or task, which is why I’ve created this Free Printable Planner for you to use!
With my planner, print each page according to the amount of goals you are setting.
It includes space for you to write your goal, list obstacles, counter-argument, quotes, milestones, and deadlines!
I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do + I’d love to see how you use it!
Show me by uploading it on your Instagram story and tag me @headfirstgirl.com!