2019 Goals: Where you at?
Hi HIH family, Daphne here!
We’re about 2 months into 2019, and I just want to know where everyone’s at with their 2019 resolutions? You know, those New Year’s goals you set out to achieve back in December, in order to gear up for 2019? Remember those?
Stats show that 80% of resolution fail by February, every year! That’s crazy!
Leading up to a new year, there are so many conversations and Instagram posts about goal-setting: career goals, personal goals, health & wellness goals, you name it. For whatever reason, we’re all convinced we have to turn a completely new leaf and make big changes, often biting off more than we can chew.
But I’m not here to talk about that, or about why the rate of failure for resolutions are so high.
I’m here to remind you that you’re a bada$$ and you’re going to be part of the 20% that keeps up with their resolutions!
Here are 3 things to consider when reviewing those 2019 resolutions:
1. Set achievable and measurable goals
“I want to work for myself.” “I want to meditate every day.” “I want to make healthier food choices.”
Setting these types of goals is simply setting yourself up for failure. Why? Because they’re immeasurable. You can’t run a marathon like you would a sprint. Changes have to begin somewhere, right? So give yourself a realistic starting point. Think actual concrete numbers. Small changes over a period of time lead to long lasting results.
Let’s take meditation, for example. Meditating every day is easier said than done, especially when you’re setting the bar high right off the bat. Twenty minutes of meditation every day is #daunting, to say the least. Try starting with 3 minutes every other day. Then once you’ve done that consistently for 2 weeks, try increasing your meditation time by a minute every other day.
2. Check in every so often, not once a year.
Whatever your 2019 goals are, make a plan of action for yourself with monthly targets to achieve. Setting goals with no plan of action only sets you up to be disappointed. Consistency over time is what allows for stable and sustainable changes.
For instance, if you want to start a company and work for yourself, you need to be realistic about the capital that you’d need to generate. If you need X dollars per year to afford your lifestyle, map out how you’re going to eventually reach that number. If anything, give yourself more time than necessary, and you’ll be pleased to see that you’ve achieved your target before the due date you set.
However, if you aren’t hitting those goals, you know you need to change your game plan. Going from 0 to 100 isn’t totally realistic, especially not at the very beginning of working for yourself.
3. Enjoy the journey.
Cheesy, I know – but if it’s a New Year’s resolution, it’s probably something that’s challenging and intimidating just by nature of having to start fresh and new. No matter what it is, you must map out a plan that enables you to enjoy the journey to the goal-achieving you!
If your goal is to meditate every day, try mindfulness & meditation apps that make the task less of a chore. Calm is my personal favorite. If you prefer something off your phone, I use The Mindful Ledger, a personalized meditation journal.
If you want to exercise more but absolutely hate solo workouts, don’t force yourself to do it. There is no need! Check out Classpass or group gym classes – they’re fun, affordable alternatives to breaking a sweat on your own.
And it’s okay if you feel uninspired about fulfilling your goals at first – every time you set out to work on them will get a little bit easier as you keep up your work ethic. Remember, doing a little something that contributes to your goal is better than doing nothing at all, and time will tell you how much your work is paying off.
So now that you’re a master goal achiever, review the goals you’ve set out for yourself and don’t give up on them! When you set achievable and measurable goals that are easy to track in terms of progress, you’ll start to actually see the positive effects and feel way more inspired toward achieving them. Yes, goals are hard work – that’s why you set them as goals. But if you start with a solid game plan that allows you to enjoy the work you’re doing and to visualize the real progress you make, you’re more likely to stick to it and maybe even surpass your expectations!
Xx Daphne Barron