Most of us made some sort of New Year’s resolution and now is a great time to assess your progress thus far. So how are you fairing? Did you see more success or struggle in January? Are you still on your plan? Writing out a strategy is great but there has to be action to go along with it. Thankfully it doesn’t take much. A little persistence every day is your ticket to success. Every step you take towards your goals makes the next one that much less difficult, and the key is to hold onto the motivation you first felt when you made your resolution.
Think about why you chose your resolution in the first place. Was it something you’ve wanted to change for some time? Perhaps you want to make more money, or maybe you have a few extra pounds that need to go. Was it a skill you wanted to learn, or a habit you wanted to break? Whatever your resolution was this year, what was it that motivated you to choose this goal in particular? Once you have answered that question, you have everything you need to give you the fuel to persistently chase your goal every day.
Every change takes effort, and usually it takes time to begin seeing results. Be persistent. If you have a solid plan and you work hard then you will see your reward. Be patient.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get toned. My days are pretty full, but my desire to accomplish my goal is greater than my preference for any schedule. This is why I have been able to dedicate at least an hour to exercise every day. I do a core workout from home and I make time by going to bed at a reasonable hour and waking up one hour earlier than normal. It takes dedication, but not only do I feel accomplished when I’m done, I also feel fresh and productive at the start my day.
Just as important as your plan is your mindset. The first thing that has to go is your old excuses. When you repeat all the old reasons why you never accomplished your goals before then you’ve lost before you’ve even started. So find your motivation. I push myself by watching Victoria Secret fashion shows. Whatever it takes, but don’t procrastinate. If you aren’t sticking to your plan, then write down a list of what needs to be done and put it up where you can see it. Beside the list, hang a piece of motivation. It can be an inspiring picture or a quote that really speaks to you or a new outfit, but give yourself that daily reminder of what you promised you would accomplish this year.
Each small change creates a bigger impact later on, and the sacrifices you make today will pay off in the long run. I don’t enjoy waking up early, but every day I stick to the plan it gets a little easier. It was difficult at first, but now after a month I automatically wake up one hour earlier than I used to.
So stick to it. Chase your goals. Anything is possible, and you have everything you need to meet your goals. Keep at it, and good luck!