Reevaluating New Year’s Resolutions

Month #1 of 2016 is in the books. Where do you stand on those many resolutions you set at the beginning of this new year? Come February, I always have to remind myself to reevaluate how successful I’ve been at accomplishing the goals I set for myself for the new year.  Maybe your resolution was to get one more workout in each week, to take more “me” time, or learn a new skill.  No matter what the resolution, I’m sure everyone will have days or weeks where they falter. Setting yourself up to be successful at achieving your resolution is one of the most important parts of actually reaching your goal.

For me, it’s all about timing.  What are the things that keep you from getting that workout in? From attending that new class? Or finding more time for yourself?  If I try to tackle email or any other work related item first thing in the morning, my whole day turns into a work day. I never actually workout after work like I tell myself I will. In order for me to take some more “me” time–for an extra workout, for play, for some time at the beach with Hazel–I have to do it before any other day-to-day duties get in the way. It took me some time to figure out that this was a big part of the problem, but now that I know where the danger lies, there are a lot of things I can do to mediate it.

Maybe you’re not a morning person. But, maybe there’s no chance of achieving your goals unless you work towards them before the rest of life gets in the way. Looking out for all of the things that could be getting in the way of your resolutions is the first step in working towards them. Set yourself up for success right from the start.  And, if something doesn’t work don’t hesitate to reevaluate and change your approach for maximum success. Often, you won’t know whether or not something will work until you try it.  So try, fail, try again, and succeed! Resolutions are a work-in-progress, get working.

 

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