Can you believe we are already half way through the year?? I don’t know about you, but the last 6 months seem to have FLOWN by for me. Now that we are at the half way point for 2018, I have been reflecting on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, and where I am now. A lot of people talk about New Year’s Resolutions during the first few months (or even weeks) of the year, and they tend to fizzle out and are forgotten. This year, I vowed to not let that happen.
Here are some of my top tips for sticking with your goals (fitness related or not) and how to stay on track to finish up the year strong!
1. Write your goals down
This year I decided to type out my goals in large font and bold text, and I taped it to a wall that I look at every single day. Don’t just write down your goals on a small yellow sticky note and post it somewhere where it can easily be overlooked. Write out your goals in explicit detail, and post it somewhere where you will be forced to read it every single day weather that be your bedroom wall, your fridge, or even the background on your phone home screen! It helps me create a daily reminder to myself of where I want to be, and the steps I need to take in order to make that happen. I often ask myself “Am I am doing something today that will help me reach my goals?” Manifest your own destiny!
2. Plan out your weeks in advance
People make fun of me all the time for this, but I have a paper planner/calendar where I plan out almost every minute of my life for the upcoming week ahead. I usually sit down on a Sunday evening for an hour or so and completely plan out my schedule for the following week. This includes workouts, social events, school, photoshoots, even what I plan to make for a healthy dinner each night! Once it gets written down in my calendar, it’s pretty much set in stone for me. I love being able to stay on track and focus on how I can best achieve my goals in the week ahead.
3. Find someone who will help keep you accountable
Whatever your goals are, find someone you can tell who will help keep you accountable. Whether it be a friend, spouse, coworker, parent, sibling, etc. Sometimes it can be easy to slip off track, and having someone there to remind you of what you are working for can be incredibly helpful.
4. Celebrate the wins, no matter how small
Even the smallest wins should be celebrated. Because at the end of the day, small win help build your confidence to make even bigger wins. Did you go one week without eating fried food? Sounds like a win to me! Did you make all of the yoga classes you planned on attending? Also a win. The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. You have to start somewhere, and every step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.
5. Know that it is never too late to start, and it’s okay to start over
So maybe you haven’t been keeping up with your goals, and maybe you fell into the trap of the “new year, new me” resolution that you forgot about a week after you made them. That’s okay! Today is a great day to start over. And tomorrow. And the day after that. You don’t have to wait for Monday or a new year to make goals and stick with them. If you mess up, don’t let it ruin your entire desire to achieve your goal. If you believe it, you can do it!
How do you stick to your goals? Let me know in the comments below!
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