I feel like with every year the idea of new year resolutions tends to get shut down because “who in the heck even keeps resolutions anymore?” I can’t be the only one that ever hears that, right? And even though we don’t need the excuse of a new year to set goals, let’s be honest – it’s just nice. It’s motivating, it’s inspiring, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make the changes we want to see. Keep in mind that your changes don’t have to be huge and scary – sometimes our big goals are comprised of little ones that I personally think get overlooked when we plan out our hopes for the new year.
Before the list, though, I want to emphasize some of my best tips for maintaining any kind of goal, not just at new years.
Firstly, I think it’s so so important to start out as big as you feel comfortable. I get that there’s so much excitement surrounding your goals when the new year starts, but don’t push yourself too hard in the beginning if you don’t genuinely feel confident in it – you run the risk of burning yourself out before you can truly form the habit. I think it’s better to start small and work your way up.
Second is knowing your why. Knowing why you’re doing it in the first place is going to be essential in working towards your goals on the days that you don’t want to or are lacking motivation or confidence.
Third, find accountability in someone who’s going to encourage you. Do not take your goals to people who you know are going to discourage you from the start. You need to intentionally go to people who are going to keep you on top of it because they love you and want what’s best for you, not themselves.
Lastly, remember to give youself grace, all year long. You are going to have days that you are less than perfect in your pursuit of your goals. The second you feel yourself starting to think that maybe you’re a failure because you’ve had one, or even a few, “bad” days, stop and correct that thinking. Take it as an opportunity to reevaluate your goals and approach them differently. Your goals should make you feel good + confident, not guilty + discouraged.
- Drink enough water (I aim for 2 liters!)
- Wake up an hour earlier – own your morning, own your day!
- Keep a daily gratitude journal (5-10 blessings a day)
- Spend 5-15 minutes a day cleaning
- Check your budget/bank account
- 30 minutes of physical activity – walking, gym time, whatever you want!
- Turn off all screens at bedtime
- Clean out your inbox
- Journal for fun – I personally like to do my journals as annoymous letters, either to other people, myself, situations, etc. I feel more of a release when I write to them/it directly, even if no one else will ever see it.
- Find a skincare routine you love
- Daily Bible study
- Read more (or listen to audiobooks!)
- Find a cause you’re passionate about to donate to, even if it’s only $5 a month
- Do something that scares you, no matter how small or silly it seems
- Learn a new skill
- Plan 3 non-negotiable things to do a day
- Be more intentional with the people in your life
- Volunteer, even if it’s just one day a month
- Rest intentionally
- Practice more honesty with yourself
- Quit a bad habit
- Start your day with positive mantra(s) – speak things into existence in 2020!
I’m sure there are so many things I didn’t include, but these are just some ideas to help brainstorm your own goals for the year. Let me know in the comments what your goals are for this next year!