Let’s face it, setting goals and intentions for the New Year can be almost as stressful as actually accomplishing them. But, in order to position ourselves along the path of accomplishment, it’s a necessary process we all must go through. It allows us to re-focus and give attention to the different areas of our lives, whether personal or professional, that we may have lost sight of as well as reflect on our accomplishments over the years.
I find that handwriting your goals and intentions down on paper and then placing it somewhere as a daily reminder, is the best practice. When writing, try not to list things that are too general or unrealistic. Make them specific and measurable by attaching a date to them. So, if your overall goal is to, let’s say, get in shape. You might write something like schedule an appointment with a nutritionist by January 9th. Join Equinox or local gym within the first week of January. Take 2-3 group workout classes per week and so on. You want them to be clear and as well defined as possible so you have something to hold yourself accountable to.
And remember, things will not happen instantly. You might even hit a few roadblocks on the way but, do not get discouraged. Push through and get yourself back on track.