Hopefully this month's theme of New You! has inspired you to take some time for yourself and think about what positive changes you would like to make in your life!
We are ending this month's blogs with a list of 10 tips for taking action and setting some goals...so what are you waiting for?
1. The first step to goal setting is being specific! Examine
your life and figure out what you want to change, then narrow it down to
one specific thing you can realistically change in a specific time
2. Once you have chosen your goal, write it down and post it
where you will see it multiple times a day. A customized screen saver
is a great way to keep your goal in front of you; a note on your fridge
or taped to your TV remote can work too!
3. Break down your goal into milestones,
and mark your calendar with a completion date for each one. If your
goal requires daily tracking, make a chart and hang it next to the
calendar. That way when you drink your bottle of water, do your yoga
workout, or write in your journal, you can mark your progress and see
how far you’ve come!
4. Get backup. Tell
someone about your goal, and ask for tough love! There will be times you
want to give up, and a good hard shove is just what you need. A friend
or spouse can help remind you about how great it will be to reach your
5. Reward yourself. Whenever you
complete your next step towards your goal, give yourself a small but
tangible reward. Light a candle and enjoy the smell; treat yourself to a
non-sugar chocolate mint; read a chapter in the book you’ve been saving
or just reach around and pat yourself on the back! You deserve it!
6. Mix achievement with affirmation.
Positive affirmations can get you psyched about your goal, and reassure
you that you have what it takes to last the course. Remind yourself
that you are capable, you are strong and most of all you are willing to
do whatever it takes to meet your goal.
7. Use every trick at your disposal to reach your goal.
If that means getting up while everyone is in bed to study a new
language in peace and quiet, that’s what you will do. If you decide you
bit off more than you can chew don’t beat yourself up - simply kick the
final goal’s deadline a month down the road and instill a midpoint goal
to get you ready to face the extra challenge.
8. There’s no shame in asking for help.
If you just can’t drag yourself out in the rain for that mandatory jog
around the block, ask your friend or spouse to come with! Who knows, it
might end up being fun getting soaked together, and you can bond over
the slap of jogging shoes on wet pavement with the promise of hot coffee
9. Don’t let your momentum fade after reaching your goal. You
won! You did it! Now - set another goal! Goal setting should be an
ongoing process, leading to bigger and better things every year you
10. Never, never, never give up. Fight
for the person you know you can be. Set goals that make you push
yourself, but don’t give up if you miscalculate and set the bar a little
too high. Readjust and keep going - you can do it. Be your own
strongest supporter, and you will find your goals get set higher and
higher as your self confidence takes off and you learn to surpass even
your own expectations!