Setting & Committing to New Year Resolutions
It’s a new year, and it’s time to hit the ground running! Whether you’re working on concrete resolutions or you’re just trying to be better than the year before, it is crucial to set your intentions and take the challenge head-on.
We want to set you up for success. Below, find five ways you can ensure that you meet your goals and become the “you” you want to be.
Name your goal
Well, of course! It seems obvious, but stating your goals clearly for yourself will help guide you. Instead of vaguely holding your goal in your head, write it down or say it out loud in no uncertain terms. It will help you stay focused instead of straying off of your target and thinking to yourself at the end of 2022, “Wait…this isn’t what I meant!”
You can choose to share your goals with others as well as an external support system if that’s what works for you, or you can keep it to yourself - what matters is motivating yourself by keeping your end desire in sight.
Set smaller, realistic goals
This is a good way to both mark your progress and keep yourself on track. When you have either a very “large” goal (like “Write a novel”), or a somewhat vague goal (“Be healthier”), it can be difficult to know where to start.
But when you break down your goal into smaller “steps” it can help you make concrete movements forward to achieving your dream. For the examples above, you could break these down into “join a local writing group and write two pages each night” and “get 30 minutes of exercise every day and eat vegetables at every meal” and so on.
By meeting these smaller goals, you can stay on track to reach your target and stay inspired to keep going, because you know you are making progress.
Lean on your support system
You’re not in this alone!
Although you might feel like you don’t want to share your goals and progress with others, it can be so energizing to have a team behind you. When you succeed, they will cheer you on, and if you fall behind, they’ll support you getting back on track.
This can be your partner, your family, your friends, or a new specific group you’ve created specifically around this goal. Whoever you choose to be on this journey with you, don’t be afraid to ask for help or love when things get hard. That’s how we face difficulties!
Don’t put on blinders
You know your goal and you know what you need to do to achieve it. Now you just want to go, go, go!
Your drive is amazing and should be encouraged, but remember that there is more to life than just your goal. Having only one goal in mind is the easiest way to get burnt out, which is obviously detrimental in the long run.
Be sure to set aside time for your other hobbies and responsibilities outside of your goal. Spend time with your loved ones and do some other things that energize and inspire you. Stay grounded in your life outside of this so that you can better integrate your new lifestyle into your actual life. The odds are even better that you will keep your new habits long term.
Be patient and don’t get discouraged
I know, easier said than done, right?
But remember that you are only one person and it can take time to make lasting change! What matters is that what you’re doing is making you feel good and nourishing your spirit. If things aren’t turning out the way you envisioned, instead of getting frustrated and giving up, try:
- Reassessing your technique; if something isn’t working out, maybe you need to tweak your approach and see what works better for you.
- Waiting it out; sometimes it can take a while to get into a groove, so before you call it quits, be sure to give it a fair amount of time to see if things turn around.
- Turning to your support system for feedback; maybe someone you love has an idea to keep you going, or perhaps you simply aren’t seeing the success that others are!
Whatever you end up doing, remember how far you’ve come from where you started, and be proud of yourself either way. You set out to do something and you have given it your all! Even if you have to switch gears, remember how strong and committed you are, and be inspired to go on to the next level.
No matter what your ultimate goal for the new year is (please share with our community so we can cheer you on!) remember: when you aim high, even if you fall short, you land among the stars.
And remember to nourish your mind and body while you strive for greatness. REJUVENATE is formulated to keep your skin moisturized, clean, and healthy, with just a pea-sized amount protecting and tightening your most sensitive skin as you go for the gold. Incorporate Rejuvenate into your daily routine as you chase your dreams and become the “you” you always knew you could be.