With the New Year going full-swing, it’s about the time that people lose hope on their ambitious New Year’s Resolutions. Life starts back up, and the pressures of daily life cause the same stress that led to bad habits in the first place.
And that’s why most New Year’s Resolutions fail.
It’s not because you’re incapable of change. It’s simply because we make the goals with the rose-colored glasses of the holiday season. Now that we’ve dusted off the holiday cheer, it’s time to set some realistic goals for positive change in 2016.
In today’s post, I’ll share some characteristics of goals that stick.
They Challenge Your Current Standard
Be ready for the challenge. Making a change in your life won’t come easy, even if it’s for the positive. You’ll need to have a strong mindset if you wanna see it through.
Don’t expect to go from couch potato to elite athlete overnight.
But you can make small, incremental changes that will transform your life. And if you’re up to the challenge, you can make your dreams come true.
You Feel You Can Attain Them
We’re all guilty of setting lofty, unrealistic goals. But that’s the easiest path to failure.
There’s a fine line between goals that are too simple and too difficult. The key is finding the balance. You should set a goal that’s a bit challenging, but possible to attain with a bit of effort.
The Goal is Incredibly Specific
There’s a huge difference between these two goals:
“I want to lose weight.”
“I’m going to lose 2 stones by June 1st.”
The more specific you make your goals, the more concrete they become in your mind. You can’t measure vague aspirations. But specificity brings clarity and an ability to measure success.
There is a Time Limit for Completion
Chances are, we’ve all wanted to lose some weight. But that never really happens because it’s an idea, not a goal. Regardless of the goals you set, it needs to have a timeline.
When you have a deadline, there’s a clear way to pace yourself.
I’ve found that it helps me not feel overwhelmed by everything when I can break things down into a more attainable timeline. Yes, there may be things I want to accomplish this year, but I can further break down milestones by quarter, month or even week.
The Goal is Flexible and Adaptable
Ultimately, life is full of changes. Things will happen to throw your goals off course, or even change them entirely. And that’s why you need to go into your plan with the understanding that you may need to adapt your expectations along the way.
Think about who you were last year. An entirely different person, right?
That’s because we’re always evolving and changing. Don’t limit yourself to the goals you set in January. If you want to alter them or change them altogether, that’s okay.
Regardless the goals you set, it’s important to keep these elements in mind. Understanding them will help you make stronger decisions in 2016. And, ultimately, help you achieve all the goals in your life.
It’s my hope that this time next year you’re life will have changed for the better. Don’t give up on your hopes, dreams and goals. All it takes is a bit of perseverance and your entire life can be different by this time next year.