I think one of the biggest thing that happens after the new year when people set goals is they are too focused on setting them right away. If all of the goals aren’t set those first few weeks, then people feel like all is lost – so much for that goal, right? Wrong!
If you are training to run a race, and you don’t get your goal time for that race, do you push on and go for it again? Or do you completely throw in the towel? It is easy to feel that since you don’t accomplish something right away, that it is unattainable. It is just too hard, so why even bother?
You ate more dessert last week than you had originally set your new years goal to be, so next week you are going to have twice as many, because why does it even matter? You failed that goal. Don’t even think like that.
I believe the biggest thing to remember about new year’s goals (or any goals for that matter) is that they are ongoing throughout the whole year, not just the first few weeks. How many of you have fallen out of focus for your goals that you set on January 1st? I know that there are a few that I have definitely not been able to achieve the past couple weeks. For example, I set a goal to practice yoga twice a week this year. Well, the past 2 weeks I only made it to class once. The difference here is that I am not going to let that stop me. I can definitely pick back up and get to class twice this week, even if I missed that goal in the past. Nothing says that I can’t reach for the goal again. I haven’t failed – I just haven’t reached it yet.
I want to post my goals again so they are in the front of my mind. I challenge you to do the same. Give yourself a goal check and see what your progress is. If you have come up a bit short on some, no big deal. Just start at them again. No one says that January 1st is the magical day to make things happen. Why can’t it be January 3oth, or April 16th or even September 4th? It is any day that you decide to make it happen, plain and simple.