We all have the best intentions when it comes to New Year’s resolutions or setting ourselves goals. When I get to a point where I decide to make a change to my lifestyle, I’m usually so ready to challenge myself and start something new.
Unfortunately, that enthusiasm can be fleeting. We’ve all found ourselves in that position at some point, particularly with New Year’s resolutions. Even when I’ve set resolutions I think are more realistic, they usually end up incomplete or forgotten.
If this sounds familiar, try not to be disheartened. You’re certainly not alone. We’ve all been guilty of setting ourselves unrealistic goals or finding excuses to give up on them before the Christmas decs have even been taken down.
The crucial thing is to stay motivated.
Setting goals and having aspirations for ourselves is a great thing. To strive to do more and be a better person gives us strength. We shouldn’t stop making resolutions just because we find them hard to keep.
Although setting realistic goals is the first step, unless you know how to power through those times when motivation is low, it’ll be hard to keep up at all. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, you’re bound to face some lows. In those moments, it’ll be incredibly easy to give up.
Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Whether it’s getting in shape, learning a new language, putting more time into your work – the rewards will be great, but it takes time, patience and self-belief.
Find a way to remind yourself why you’ve set that goal. Write it down somewhere you’ll see it everyday – on the fridge, by your laptop, on the bathroom mirror.
It’s important to remember that you have control over completing your goals. Although friends and family might encourage you, it’s ultimately down to you to make it happen. There will always be times when it seems easier to give up, and you wonder what the point is in having started. If things were OK before, will it really matter if you don’t achieve your goals?
Don’t let yourself fall down that trap – it’s much easier to fall than to climb (am I DJ Khaled now or?). But it is true. Tell yourself in those moments of doubt that it is a choice; to carry on or to quit. You are in control of that decision.
Don’t give up on your goals because it’s easy. You will look back and be so thankful for sticking it out.