I love January. Something about a fresh clean slate is so good for creating a positive mind set. Seeing a blank diary or calendar makes you feel like anything is possible.
Starting a New Year is almost always accompanied with resolutions that, let’s face it, are very unachievable.
Whether it be the usual lose weight, join the gym, learn a language, people start with the best intentions but then quickly fall flat.
Here are 3 easy ways you can stick to your goals for 2019.
1. Start small
I think all of us have fallen down a rabbit hole of fixating on a new skill we’d like to learn or goal we would like to achieve. Some have dreams of becoming the next Beethoven having never even touched a piano. They’ve seen the newest, techy and most expensive keyboard on the market and are convinced it will change their life and is necessary for their new skill.
Whilst the enthusiasm is admirable, it could quickly escalate into a bad place. You don’t want to find, after purchasing the keyboard with your hard earned cash (or worse, on a credit card) that actually it’s not for you. Then you’ve already started out your new year feeling deflated and perhaps in debt.
This person could have instead bought a second hand, inexpensive keyboard to start. They could have invested the money that would have been spent on their swish new instrument on a tutor to teach them the basics of piano playing and would probably be in a much better place.
Start small and build your way up to the level you want to be at.
2. Break down your goals
It’s important to be specific when it comes to any goal you want to achieve. It gives you focus and realistic expectations on how to achieve your objective.
Instead of claiming your resolution will be to “Get out of Debt”, write a plan of how you are going to do this.
In this scenario, you could write down a list of all of the places you owe money and work out to the penny how much debt you actually have. Once you know that figure, could you consolidate those debts to focus on putting your money into one place and making it easier to clear?
Add up all your income and outgoings to determine your expendible income and give yourself a target to pay off a specific amount every month. This would provide so much motivation as you gradually see that debt getting smaller.
3. Know that you are enough
Sometimes I feel like people use resolutions as a way to almost punish themselves. “I’m going to lose weight this year because I’m so fat.” “I’m going to join a gym and make sure I go four times a week because I’m so unfit”
They throw themselves and their bodies into something that they simply do not enjoy and then wonder why it becomes a struggle to keep up.
They are already in a negative mindpsace about something that is meant to bring a change for the better into their lives.
If this sounds familiar, know that YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Make a resolution that is enjoyable but will also contribute to your ultimate goal. For example instead of chaining yourself to a treadmill for four nights a week, join a wacky fitness class. Take a friend and make it a fun experience for you both. You’ll still increase your fitness but I guarantee it won’t feel like such a chore.
If you decide to pay off debt, don’t dwell on the fact you will be pretty poor for X amount of months until the total is cleared. Instead focus on the feeling of achievement you will have once the financial burden is gone. What will you be able to save for with your extra income when you don’t have a credit card bill?
Start a gratitude journal and every night before you sleep, write a few good things that you experienced that day. It can be as big or small as you like, as long as you focus on the positives!
Following these three steps should make sticking to your New Years Resolutions a doddle. Good luck with yours and I wish you happiness, health and prosperity in 2019!