Yes, it’s already 2024, which always means a new start to make those goals happen. Whether you're looking to lose a few pounds, quit a few habits, or master a new skill, the secret to success lies in setting and sticking to your goals. Let's break it down, shall we?
First things first, focus on one (smaller) goal at a time. According to Dr. Andrew Huberman, "Achieving even one small goal can boost your belief in yourself.". If you have multiple goals, break them down into manageable chunks and tackle one at a time. Research shows that 70% of people who set resolutions in January still haven't achieved them by March, so don't feel pressured to achieve your goal, especially bigger ones, right away.
Next, put time into planning. Don't wait until the last minute to choose your goal. Pick wisely and put in extensive planning. Brainstorm how you will tackle a major behavior change, including the steps you will take, why you want to do it, and ways you can keep yourself on track.
Now, let's talk about that pesky detail plan. Creating a detailed written plan can help you stick to your goal. It allows you to consider what tactics you will use when you're faced with challenges. If you start working toward a goal without any type of plan in place, you may quickly find yourself giving up when faced with any sort of obstacle, setback, or resistance. Putting it on a piece of paper or typing it in your favorite notes app can do wonders in keeping you accountable in the long run.
Remember, change is a process. Those unhealthy or undesired habits that you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so how can you expect to change them in just a matter of days, weeks, or months? Be patient with yourself. Understand that working toward your resolution is a process. Even if you make a misstep or two, you can restart and continue on your journey towards your goal.
Lastly, keep working on your goals. By March, many people have lost that initial spark of motivation that they had in January. Keep that inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after facing setbacks. If your current approach is not working, reevaluate your strategies, and develop a new plan. Being flexible with your plan—and even your end goal—will help get you there in due time. Hang in there.
It’s cliché, we know, but remember, it's not a sprint, but a marathon. Take it slow, enjoy the journey, and most importantly, have fun with it! Now go crush those goals ❤️