Let’s Get Resolute: 6 Goals for the New Year
If you’re having trouble getting going on your new year’s resolutions, now it the time to make your goals better. Here’s how.
Not all health goals are good goals. Yep, I said it. You might be trying to lose weight, but just making the goal of “lose weight” isn’t going to help you get there. Here are my foolproof tips for setting a few targets to improve your health.
If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions yet or you’re having trouble getting going on them, now is the time to make your goals better.
This may sound like a contradiction to being realistic, but the two actually go hand in hand. A goal that’s too easy also isn’t motivating. You have a natural instinct to rise to a challenge, so make your goal challenging. Ambitious goals force you to mobilize your resources in new ways to make the goal happen and lead to potentially life-changing results. To do this, determine what you think is possible and then go just beyond it.
Set a specific target
Share a Little
The key word here is a little. When you resolve to do something big this year, pick 10 of your closest friends and family to tell. Ask them to check in and to hold you accountable throughout the year. But resist the urge to post on Facebook or share on Twitter. Research has shown that when you share your commitment to a goal with a large number of people, your brain responds as if you’ve already reached your goal. That can actually decrease your motivation. The point of sharing is accountability, not self-congratulation.