The New Year may just be another day around the sun, but any excuse to take a moment to stop, reflect, and set goals is a GOOD excuse in my book!
We are at our best when we incorporate a practice of reflection and planning in our daily practice. But, there is also good value in looking back over a solid block of time and seeing where we’ve come from the year before- our accomplishments and our set-backs paired with our resilience.
Research suggests that approximately 8% of people are successful at achieving their New Years Resolutions. Do you want to be that 8%?
Here are some tips to effective goal setting:
Take a moment to unplug all distractions and reflect. Think about what you have achieved this past year, the past 6 months, or the past 3 months.
Think about some overarching goals and intentions you would like to achieve in the next 3 months, 6 months, or year.
Link your goals to a few specific action steps. For example, if your goal is to decrease your chronic stress levels, you can’t DO ‘decrease stress,’ but you can DO ‘a 5-minute morning meditation’ or ‘a 12-minute yoga sequence to start of the day’ or ‘breathing practice before bedtime,’ or ‘start an adrenal supportive nutrition plan’, etc.
Keep focus and keep track. People who incorporate a practice of daily reflection and planning find themselves to be more successful and harness a greater sense of gratitude for their own efforts and the people/things around them. A great way to do this is to write down your goals, and then as you sit down to PRO-actively plan your day each morning (read as: do not start your day in the re-active mindset with opening social media or e-mails), review each goal and track your progress.
Be gentle and be forgiving. Keep your goals crystal clear, but consider your action steps as flexible experiments and not a measure of your worth if you find they’re not working to get you to where you want to be.
Remember, the best plan is a plan you ENJOY! You may think you’ll enjoy something until you do it and find it’s not for you. That’s okay. Change your action step to another one that will still help you achieve your overarching goal. There’s no single path to anything. That said, don’t be afraid to try new things that you’re unsure about—you may find that you actually like it immensely!