Conquering your goals
The new year is such a hopeful time. Many of us are thinking about our goals on some level, and the New Year gives us the clean slate we need to start fresh. Here are a few tips to conquer your goals this year, whatever they may be.
1. Be Realistic - While it's good to have goals for yourself in the new year, try to be as realistic as you can. For example, if you're thinking how to play the guitar, be prepared for a learning curve. Unrealistic expectations can lead to negative outcomes, which can often discourage us from trying again.
2. Don't go goal crazy - As tempting as it may be to set a million goals for the new year, it may leave you feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. Setting one or two focused goals will give you the space you need to invest your time and energy on them.
3. Track your goals - Many New Year's resolutions involve slow and gradual change. Because of this, many of us don't notice the little things. To avoid discouragement, keep a record of your progress. Having visual reminders can serve as an encouragement to stick to your goals.
4. Ask for support from loved ones - Change is hard. If you find yourself having a difficult time staying on track with your goals, reach out to a friend or loved one to help you stay accountable.
5. Don't be afraid to reward yourself - Hard work pays off! Finding ways to reward yourself for sticking to your goals can be a great motivator. For example, if your goal was to work out more, buying yourself a cute new gym outfit is a great way to reward yourself for staying on track.
6. Be Consistent - The most important part of achieving our goals are staying consistent. While it's impossible to be perfect, just remember that each day is a new day to try again.
Ariana is a student counselor and works with teens and adults with Transform & Renew, PLLC.
Elizabeth Oldham is an LPC-S and co-founder of Transform & Renew, PLLC. She specializes in co-dependency, anxiety and OCD, depression and mood disorders.