Hey, y'all! It's Chelsea here. Can I just take a moment to ask: how is it already March?!
According to most studies on New Year’s Resolutions — or, as I like to call them, intentions — you have already failed at something you intended to accomplish this year. Or, if you’re like me, you’re kind of behind...
One of the five intentions I set was to read 52 books by the end of the year. I blazed through January and read 5 books, feeling on top of my game. But it's now the first week of March and I’ve only read 6 books total this year. *sigh*
I know that I’m not alone! If you’re reading this post, it is highly likely that your plans for 2017 are also a bit different than you’d hoped they’d be. Setting goals is wonderful! Deciding to change an aspect of your life, or challenge yourself to improve at something is incredibly admirable. In reality though, life sometimes gets in the way and it's hard not to buy-into the adage: "old habits die hard."
However, I'm here to reassure you that it's not time to throw in the towel! Here are my top five tips for getting back on the proverbial goal-setting horse:
1. Realize you don’t need a new year to set a goal
Today, March 3rd, can be your new January 1! There are still 303 days left in this year—that’s plenty of time to do something great!
2. Study up on building new habits
The most important of which is to assess where things start to break down. Eliminate the moments when you're about to give up by finding ways to make the tasks easier to say 'yes' to.
3. Consider the past few weeks as your practice
It’s easy to get discouraged when things don't work out as planned. But it's also important to realize that these "practice rounds" give purpose to your journey. Practice makes perfect!
4. Visualize what it looks like to succeed
Defining success will help you assess what you really want to get out of the individual goals you set for yourself. What do your goals look like 3, 5 or 10 years from now? For a great exercise, check out this useful (and FREE) goal setting worksheet.
5. Don’t do it alone
Join a book club (we host one at The Paper + Craft Pantry every month), join a running group, talk to your therapist about your goals, tell your family what you’re 2017 is going to look like from now on, or go on walks with your bestie. Whatever you do, surround yourself with a strong + supportive community that will encourage you to succeed and help hold you accountable when you fall down.
I believe in you! 2017 can still be your year! What goals are you recommitting yourself to today? Let us know in the comments, below.