This is it! This will be the year when I lose weight, eliminate debt, and make time for the people and things I really enjoy. I believe I’ve finally drafted the perfect list of goals or the year. Which one should I do first?
Okay, let’s stop there. Many of us make promises to ourselves at the beginning of the year, and 2024 is no different. Whether it’s to improve fitness, work less, learn a new skill, or cultivate better habits, we believe these will truly transform our lives. So why do we often give up by the time February arrives?
If you’ve made goals (or dare we say, resolutions) you have the right concept, but what is realistic? People get frustrated and depressed about resolutions because they rarely make meaningful progress toward their goals. The more goals you make, the tougher it becomes.
Not to mention that most people make unrealistic goals. Getting back to your high school weight in six months probably won’t happen. Setting a firm deadline to find the love of your life might end in disappointment. You’re not likely to master tennis or the guitar in the next 90 days.
So should you skip the resolutions altogether? No, but we suggest approaching them in a more realistic way. Let’s take that most popular resolution: losing weight. Instead of promising yourself you’ll lose 30 pounds in the next six months without explaining how, focus on what’s achievable. Maybe instead, you can take a step toward overall health, and just begin to listen to what your body needs for nourishment. For example, focus on paying attention to when your body feels hungry and fueling it, or making sure you hydrate properly.
Put another way, instead of committing to a huge change, shoot for just a 2 degree shift. Select what really matters to you. Is it enhancing your connections with others, improving your health, or finding balance? Whatever you designate as your first priority, take one small step in that direction. You’re more likely to succeed that way, and the discipline you’ll learn will help you achieve even more in the future.
Need help determining how to set goals or identifying reasonable steps? We’ll match you with a counselor or coach who can help you map out a path that’s more likely to be successful for you, including steps to keep you physically healthier. Contact us today and we’ll help you find your 2 degree shift in the direction you want to go.