Let’s talk about those goals now that we’re a week into 2022, and the whirlwind of activity that is the holiday season has (mostly) subsided! While some individuals may question their validity, research shows that creating goals works if you truly want to achieve something. There are a few strategies for achieving your 2022 objectives that we’d like to share with you. Whether it’s reducing weight, being able to run a 5k, or obtaining a job raise, try these ideas and you’ll be astounded by your own success.
- Write Down Your Objectives
Jotting down your objectives is a common way to help you achieve your goals. Writing down your objectives will aid in the reinforcement of your goals’ relevance and importance. If you want to lose weight, be specific about how much you’d like to reduce it by… Every year, you may vow to focus on losing pounds and staying healthy. However, if you do not write it down and then monitor your efforts with a simple paper and pen, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle. This simple trick could explain the gap between merely expressing your weight loss objectives and achieving it. Purchase a nice notepad or planner, one that you can carry with you throughout the day, and then jot down your objectives and feelings there. Please put it at a place where you can see it as an inspiring reminder every day. Think of it as a diary about your goals, and use it to express your daily struggles and victories.
- Set Realistic and Concrete Targets
It is simple to make a long list of objectives to achieve. Dieting, going to yoga classes, meditating twice a week, and taking multi-vitamins are all common examples of efforts you can undertake five days per week. The most difficult aspect is actually putting these into action and achieving the goals. Take a step back and relax. Instead of trying to balance five priorities at once, devote your time and attention to one aim. It will be easier and more successful to achieve one objective at a time rather than attempting to handle numerous objectives every week. Once you’ve made progress, you may add new items.
- Split It Up in Order to Achieve It
Once you’ve noted down your health and fitness targets on paper and chosen which objectives you’ll focus upon initially, it’s time that you split your target and divide it into little, more achievable parts. For example, consider setting a big target of losing 20 pounds (here’s some motivation). Now, divide it by a week or moth, and break it down into segments. Losing 1 pound a week or 5 pounds a month will feel less intimidating and more manageable. If your target is only to shed 20 pounds per year, for instance, then think of it as a resolution to lose 2 pounds per month.
- Save One Day For Yourself
It’s no wonder that it can be frustrating and challenging to consistently adhere to your fitness and diet plans, particularly when life might not be flowing the way you want. Remember to save at least one day for yourself every week. Consider what keeps you satisfied and lightens your burdens. Perhaps it is volunteer work, time with your best friend, a walk outdoors, spending time with your faith community, playing music, or reading. Where do you find peace? Make some time every week to enjoy whatever gives you peace. It will help you push through the ‘sticking points’ that sometimes come with setting yearly goals by freeing your mind to prepare for the task ahead.
We wish you all the best for this new chapter and fresh year of life ahead. Let these ideas sink in, and please share them on your social media so that your friends may be inspired to reach their highest goals this year as well.