Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions? Why Now is a Good Time to Revisit Your First of the Year Goals
We are nearing four months since New Year’s and it’s probably about time to dust off those New Year’s Resolutions. It’s normal to struggle reaching your goals, but here are a couple of tips to help you grasp them at last:
Evaluate Your Progress
The first step in reassessing your resolutions to evaluate your progress so far. This can be a painful thing to do, especially if you haven’t been able to do much about them so far (or, have even forgotten them). However, it is a critical part of the process.
Right now, it is the perfect time to do this, thanks to social distancing. As you evaluate your progress since New Year’s, your disappointment in past failure should be eased knowing that—with shopping malls closed and social activities stalled—you may finally have the time to work on your resolutions. Be honest with yourself during this evaluative process but be optimistic towards the future.
Make Changes and Modifications
As you are evaluating your goals, don’t be afraid to make necessary changes and modifications so that your resolutions are easier to reach (but not too easy). The best way to do this is by creating S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. You might want to consider creating S.M.A.R.T. goals in order to help you stay more on track with what you want to achieve.
Create Your Vision
Since we are so accustomed to goal setting, we often forget about vision creating. But, in reality the two go hand-in-hand. Without a vision, there is no purpose in setting goals. Without goals, there is no purpose in having a vision. A vision equals the end-result of who you want to become and how you eventually want your life to look.
For example, you may have a goal to become more fit, but your vision could be to live a happy, productive, healthy life into old age. Without this vision, working out seems more like an unattainable chore. With a vision, your focus is clearer and more meaningful as you attain individual goals like ‘checkpoints’ to the final aim. Now is the perfect time to be thinking about the vision for your life and how your resolutions will add up to attaining it.
While social distancing and cabin fever aren’t preferred, it is the perfect time to evaluate your New Year’s resolutions and work towards your goals from the comforts of your home. However, don’t forget to always keep a broader vision of what you want your life to become.
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