In the New Year we can get all excited about starting new habits, feeling happier, making choices that help us…
And we can easily fall off track. So, whether you made a New Year’s Resolution or just have a goal you’re reaching toward, here are my top five tips for staying on track.
1. Clear the Clutter
When reaching toward a goal – no matter what it is – you have to go about it systematically. Otherwise, you’ll probably find yourself back at square one pretty quickly. The first thing to do in any habit change or goal is to clear out the clutter. This gives you space for moving into the new thing. You can’t bring in a brand new couch if the old one is still there. It won’t work.
Clearing the clutter could mean removing physical stuff, clearing time on your calendar, removing old thought patterns, or even ridding yourself of destructive relationships. What do you need to let go of in order to move forward?
2.Make a Plan
You’ve probably have heard me say the quote by Benjamin Franklin that says,
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
This is soooo true when we have goals of any kind – whether that’s to get healthier, lose weight, go to church more, or simply wear socks that match. Whatever it is it takes a plan to be successful.
3. Tell Someone Your Goal and Plan
Telling someone automatically gives you a sense of accountability. And when you tell someone it takes it out of your head and makes it real. This is really happening. I’m going to do this.
4. Get Accountability
Having someone hold you accountable can mean the difference between staying on track and possibly not even getting started. Or if you do get started, it’s a lot harder to follow through.
Accountability can come in the form of you and a friend working on a goal together, a loved one checking in on you regularly, or even a coach to guide you and cheer you on every step of the way.
5. Celebrate Your Successes
It’s so important to acknowledge the hard work you’re doing along the way. Even the small things! This comforts your brain that good things are happening even though changes are taking place (and changes usually freak our brains out). So, celebrate!
Maybe treat yourself to a spa treatment, go for a walk in the woods, call a friend, take a bubble bath, get a puppy! Whatever feels like celebration to you!
There are so many other tips I could give you to help you stay on track! If you want to know more, let me know!