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3 Ingredients for Achieving your 2018 Goals (Plus a free Goal-Setting Guide!)

Happy New Year! This time of year, most of us are thinking about all of the goals we have for the New Year. So what will it be? Are you ready for a new you? Or will 2018 be another year of the same old you?

Before we speed ahead to plan for 2018, take a moment to thoughtfully reflect on all that you’ve accomplished in 2017. What are the top 3 blessings or achievements from last year? Did you travel somewhere new? Gain a new family member or friend? Start a new job or hobby?

A lot can happen in a year! Take stock and allow yourself a few moments to thank your mind, body, and spirit for carrying you through another year.

The more difficult 2017 was for you, the more time you should spend cultivating a practice of gratitude for the strength and resilience it took for you to get here to 2018!

The good news is that each January gives us a fresh chance to think with intention about what we can do to improve our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health for the year ahead. Having goals that balance all four of these areas are essential to becoming more well-rounded and healthy.  So embrace the energy and optimism that comes with a fresh start, and take some time to think carefully about what you’d like to achieve this year on your journey to a more holistically healthy you!

Take a moment to reflect on what your goals might be for 2018. What matters most to you? Perhaps you want to spend more quality time with family, improve your physical fitness, lose weight, drink more water, enhance your communication and negotiation skills, or meditate more regularly.

Whatever you choose to tackle this year, successfully achieving your goals will require three things: Intention, Commitment, and Resilience.

There’s a difference between setting a goal and setting your intention. Setting goals helps us to identify what we’d like to achieve in a future state so that we can develop a roadmap, mile markers, and a plan to stay on track. But your intention is a state of being – a consciousness you bring to your values, desires, and ideals. They are the heart of what motivates you. You may have an intention to be loving, successful, wealthy, healthy, grateful, or at peace. Want a good example? Let’s say you have a desire to increase your wealth this year. Your intention might be something like “My intention is to cultivate a sense of abundance and financial freedom.” A goal to connect with this intention might be “I will generate $75,000 by December 31, 2018.” Naturally, you can develop a few related action steps towards achieving that goal for this year.

Just make sure that your goals align with your intentions, and then take a few moments at the start of each day to consider your intention, connect it to your goal, and take positive action.

Read Setting Goals Isn’t Enough: Setting Daily Intentions Will Change Your Life by Marla Tabaka for more

Commitment is the second ingredient necessary to achieve your goals this year. Nothing can be accomplished without commitment to execution. There will be obstacles! But these goals mean something big to you, right? Remember that when times get hard and stay focused on what means more to you – that piece of delicious German chocolate cake? Or dropping that last 10 pounds and moving out of the pre-diabetes category?

Read Three Keys to Staying Committed to your Goals by Joseph Wilner

This brings us to the third ingredient, which is perhaps the most important: Resilience! In our society, we are surrounded by distraction, and we are far busier than we’ve ever been. There are going to be moments where life’s obstacles trip us up and we lose sight of our goal. But don’t let a temporary setback become the demise of the goal you’ve been working so hard to achieve! Pick a day to reset, dust yourself off and get back after it! Every time you overcome an obstacle and get back after it, you’ve become stronger and smarter. You’ll know what to do the next time this obstacle comes up again. The personal resilience you’re developing is preparing you for more goals and challenges in your future.

So – are you ready? I’ve included a free Goal-Setting Guide to help you plan your goals for 2018! Make sure you go back to it every month or so to update and refine your goals throughout the year.

You can also bring our Goal-Setting Guide to your next session with us to kick off the New Year and make it your best year yet!

Cheers to a New You!

Top 5 Ways to Make SURE Your New Year Resolution Sticks in 2017

How to Make Sure your New Year Resolution Sticks in 2017!

You made it to a fresh, new year. Can you feel it?

The excitement. The energy. The anticipation of what is sure to be a better year than 2016.

I mean, 2016… What was THAT even about?

You can feel it in your soul – 2017 is YOUR year. This will be the year you finally do it. Stick to that fitness plan. Eat healthier. Tackle that debt. Spend more time with family. Quit smoking. Make that career move you’ve been dreaming about. Even now, you’re tingling with excitement for what this amazing new year is sure to bring!

Here’s a little fact for you: Only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Years Resolution (Statistic Brain)!

But you aren’t going to be one of those people. YOU are going to make this one stick. Here are the top 5 ways to make sure your 2017 Resolution is not just another dud:

1. Just pick one Resolution!

I know, I know. But there are so many things you want to be different in 2017! Changes take time, patience, and focus. If you’re trying to make too many changes too fast, it’s easy to fall off the horse and never get back on. Pick one. Focus. And when you fall off (because you will), get back up as quickly as possible and get back to work!

2. Predict the Obstacles

Because they are there. As sure as the sky is blue, there will be some pretty significant hurdles for you to surmount. That’s just the law of Karma, right? So take note of what is likely to throw you off track. Maybe it’s that all inclusive vacation you just booked (hello buffet!). Or that trip to Marshalls where that gorgeous Michael Kors coat just leaped into your shopping cart without even consulting your new budget (wait – we’re not here to talk about me!). Either way, know that they’re coming. Plan for them when possible. Avoid the triggers. And when they do knock you on your face – get back up and keep at it!

3. Accept Failures

Yes, I said it. You will fail at some point. We are only human after all. And here is where I get to be super cliche… It’s not about how hard you fall, but how quickly you get back up that matters. (Here is where I invoke the spirit of Rocky VI). Failure is how we learn. Recognize what threw you off track and learn from that moving forward. Take a deep breath. Stand up. And start again.

4. Plan Rewards!

This is the best part of starting a new change or habit. You have to treat yourself. Or else, what in God’s name are you doing this for?!? Every 5 pounds you lose, treat yourself to a mani-pedi or a professional shave! Did you hit your sales goal this month? Awesome. Treat yourself to that movie you wanted to see. Breaking your big goal (losing 50 pounds, for example) is a lot easier to do if you set smaller mini-goals with rewards along the way (say, losing 5 pounds per month). Throw in a reward with each mini-goal, and you’re going to have much more fun along the way!

5. Find an Accountabila-buddy

Say what?! An Accountable Buddy = Accountabila-buddy! Research shows when you have someone holding you accountable along the way, you are way more likely to be successful! Whether that’s your partner, a friend, a sibling or a coach/counselor, we all need someone who pushes us to get our butts out of bed at 4:30am to go work out when that is the LAST thing you’d rather be doing. You need someone who will smack that box of twinkles out of your hands at 5:45pm after a rough day at work. So find a partner. Tell them your goal. And ask them to help you stick to it.

What are your tips and tricks for making changes become a habit? Share below!

References:

Statistic Brain: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/