January 1st. 2017. It’s coming. It’s exciting. It’s overwhelming. It’s daunting.
The start of a new year is a weird thing. If you’re like me, it’s like all of the sudden you feel all this pressure to make new commitments, to set new goals, to make all these significant changes. I’m all for it. I’m all on that bandwagon every year making promises to myself about weight loss, strength training, eating better, writing more, reading more, on and on and on.
I love nothing more than a good list. And New Year’s Resolutions for me are the opportunity for one more list. I’m spending time this year to make sure that my list sets me up for success in the new year. Below is a list of 7 ways to make your goals stick, to make 2017 your #bestyearever.
- Take a step back first. Don’t just shove 2016 under the rug (no matter how badly you might want to) and move on to 2017. It’s tempting. Looking back on a year can be painful, memorable, bittersweet… Looking back can make you laugh, cry, shudder, want to turn the page. It’s all ok. Remember that you’re doing the best you can. Remember the year. Remind yourself of your accomplishments. Think about where you were this time last year. Think about how you’ve changed. Journal about it. Talk to a friend. Spend some time this week in that in-between space of 2016 and 2017 and linger, just for a bit.
- Think bigger than the basics. Don’t get caught up in what everyone around you is resolution-ing (not a word, but pretending) for and hoping to achieve. Spend some time thinking about you and what you need and want out of 2017.
- Plan to remember. Whether it’s creating a Rememberlutions Jar (love it!) journaling, taking pictures, or documenting it all on Instagram, plan to remember 2017 in some way… so that this time next year, you can look back on it all.
- Dream big. I read a quote the other day on my friend’s Instagram feed: “Have goals so big you feel uncomfortable telling small minded people.” That has stuck with me and is my daily reminder to dream bigger, reach higher. What do we have to lose? Nothing.
- Set little goals along the way. The thing about resolutions is that people usually don’t make it to February. The gym is only crowded for a few weeks. People phase out. The key to staying on track with your big goal is to set little goals along the way. Break it down for yourself so that you can see and celebrate progress throughout the year. Check in with yourself or an accountability partner weekly or monthly.
- Think less about the what, and more about the who and how. Maybe your #bestyearever isn’t about the things you want to accomplish, but more about the person you are working to become. Think about who you are and how you are going to get to where you want to be. When I step back from my goals like that, it helps me to get less caught up in the nitty-gritty, and to focus more on who I am as a person. That feels good.
- Find a word that sums it all up. You might have heard about the idea of one-word resolutions. I like to think of this as more of a word that sums up what you want your year to look like. Something that you can write in the margins of your planner each week. Something that you can say out loud to yourself when you’re feeling afraid. A word that ignites a fire inside of you to keep going. What is your word going to be? Tweet me!
Start the New Year Right!
I love the thrill of a new year beginning. I wish all of you the best in 2017, and I’d love to hear which of these tips you’re trying out/thinking about/what word you’re using/etc. Tweet me or connect with me on Instagram @mandijstewart
About the Author:
Mandi Stewart is a blogger, wellness lover, runner, yogi, and jewelry merchandiser. She loves snail mail, mornings, dreaming big, drinking coffee, and connect with others. You can find her Instagramming and tweet all day @mandijstewart and @candibymandi