Another year, another shot at greatness.
The act of making change around the new year dates back thousands of years to the ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to the gods in exchange for a prosperous year. Today, most Americans use the date to make promises to better themselves, which is no easy feat.
Sure, it’s a little cliché to plan resolutions for the new year, but why not take advantage of a fresh start?
Here are a few practical steps to help you achieve your New Year’s goal.
Mindfulness can help you to break unconscious patterns, and being mindful about your goal is the first step toward success. Put your phone in airplane mode and find a quiet place to sit and ponder your goal for a few minutes.
Vision boards are a popular tool when setting goals, but they lack a crucial reality: anticipating obstacles. According to the highly successful Woop method, imagining and anticipating obstacles is a helpful exercise for a few reasons. For one, it may help us to realize that most of the obstacles are actually internal rather than external, and this awareness is what helps us to better overcome them.
Pick a time once a week to check in with yourself and your progress. This will help you to maintain your focus for the upcoming week ahead.
Life happens. Not every week or day will be perfect, and it’s important to be flexible in order to keep at it and reach your goal. For example, if the weather hampers your fitness plan for the day, be flexible and work around it. Maybe an indoor workout is in order, with the help of a fitness video on YouTube.
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