The beginning of January finds us excited and fully energized when it comes to starting our new year’s resolutions. That excitement lasts long enough to help us sail through the first month of the year, fired up and still ready to. However, by Valentine’s day, we begin to lose steam and our goals begin to lose their fervor and focus. We begin to doubt that we’ll be able to see our goals through to the end of the year. This is a common response that many of us have when it comes to keeping up with our goals for the new year. With a little strategy and ingenuity, however, we can find ways to keep all that get-up-and-go going throughout the rest of the year.
Make Bite-Sized Steps
Start small and focus on one behavior or goal at a time. This will keep you from becoming quickly overwhelmed. It’s a lot easier to commit to working out three times a week as opposed to seven. The beauty in starting small comes from the fact that you can always add to your goals as you get a handle on the smaller ones. Your sense of accomplishment will work as a motivator every time you achieve a small goal and are able to move on to a bigger one.
No one is Perfect
Don’t beat yourself up every time you fail to do something you’ve committed to. Forget perfection and embrace perfecting. You only need to be committed to pushing reset every time you stumble. We can’t help falling from time to time, but it’s the getting up that is the true test of how dedicated we are to our goals. Fail fast and get back out there.
Ask for Help
Get someone that can help you stay committed and check in on you as often as you feel you may need it. If one of your goals is to become a licensed dental assistant and your nights are spent pouring over the implant dentistry journal, get someone to act as a confidant to help you study or remind you of important appointments related to your goal. Having someone involved with your goals will help keep you motivated.
The beginning of a new year is an exciting time filled with endless possibilities. As we plan and plot how we’d like to pursue our goals, it’s easy to lose steam and get burn out after a month or so. It’s often helpful to bite off less and pace ourselves so that we are consistently achieving small goals and building up to the bigger ones. If we begin with the understanding that we will stumble it will be easier to pick ourselves up. Get a support system and get started. The year is yours to conquer.