Your intention was to start the year off with a bang. You made all the necessary plans to ensure that this was going to be the year that you made big changes and saw big results. Does this sound familiar?
Even if you’re one of the masses that isn’t on track at this point, (don’t worry, I’m totally not on track with several of my goals for 2022) but there’s still plenty of time to end the year with a bang. We still have 3 months left! You don’t have to wait until next year to try again. The first of the year is just another day. Today is just as good a day as any to start again. I mean it is the first of a new month so why not!
Try these techniques to stay with or get back on track with goals that you set at the beginning of the year.
Evaluate your behavior based on your goals.
Think about your goals and consider your behavior regarding those goals.
- How are you acting in ways that are supportive of those goals? For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, are you choosing your foods wisely? Are you exercising? If you need help on your journey, I’d love for you to join me in my monthly membership Get Fit with Tami
- In what way are you acting that are not getting you closer to your goals?
- How are you basing your decisions on your goals?
- Do you plan you day with your goals in mind?
Evaluate your results based on your goals.
- Can you tell if you’ve made progress?
- How many pounds have you lost?
- If you had a goal to save money, how much money have you saved? Are you closer to achieving the goal than you were when the year started?
- How long is it going to take to reach your objectives based on your progress so far?
Be honest with yourself.
If you’re failing, why? When did you start getting off track? What is the reason for your lack of progress? What could you have done better? If you think you might need to work on improving your habits…check out this article.
If you’re doing well, what improvements can you make?
Do you still want to achieve this goal? It’s totally fine if you don’t, but this is a good sign that it’s time for a new goal!
Make a new plan if necessary.
Make a new plan if you’re struggling. See if you can make an even better plan if you’re ahead of schedule. Set milestones and review your progress toward those milestones at regular intervals.
Predict the obstacles.
Consider the obstacles you’ve already faced and consider new obstacles you’re likely to encounter.
Have a plan in place to deal with those issues if they arise.
Obstacles are less intimidating if you already have a strategy in place for dealing with them.
Gather your resources.
- Think about everything you’re going to need to be successful this time.
- How much time will you need each day?
- What knowledge do you need to acquire?
- Whose help do you need?
- What personality traits and attitudes do you need to possess?
Reevaluate on a regular basis.
Avoid letting yourself lapse this time around. Schedule a time to sit down and evaluate your progress. This might be nightly or monthly, depending on your goal. Think about what will work best for your situation.
Don’t give up.
If your goal is even remotely reasonable, you’ll eventually succeed If you keep trying. You’re guaranteed to fail if you give up.
Remember: Successful people never give up.
Every day is a good day to start taking your life seriously and commit to making real progress.
Give yourself the privilege of a reset and start again. Use what you’ve learned in the last month to make a more effective plan going forward.