Welcome to a new year! Yes I know it’s February! This year still has that “new car smell” that gets me excited with possibility and opportunity. For many people, when February rolls around, they’ve lost the excitement and inspiration and forgotten all about resolutions and goals. As a coach, helping people stay on track with their inspiration and goals is my job!
Here are three simple strategies that help me and my clients stay on track with your goals:
1. Write Down Your Why
Knowing the deeper purpose behind your goals is a powerful motivator. Take the time to articulate and write down your WHY for your goals. What drives or inspires you to pursue your goals for 2024? How will achieving them align with your values and aspirations? By putting your WHY into words, you create a compelling narrative that can help keep you on track. Let’s say that getting physically fit is one of your goals for this year. What is your WHY – your compelling reason for getting fit?
Maybe you want to go on an adventure vacation (swimming with dolphins, anyone?)
- You want to keep up with your kids/friends, biking, hiking, golfing
- You want to dance the night away at your friend’s wedding
- You want to play golf, tennis, pickleball for the rest of your life
- You plan to be the fittest, healthiest 100 year old on the block
You get the idea – if you don’t have an inspiring WHY, you won’t stay engaged. When challenges arise, connecting with your WHY gives you the emotional anchor to stay focused and resilient on your journey. Bonus points: Find a visual image that expresses your why and put it where you see every day!
2. Mindful Micro-Commitments
Break down your big goals into teeny, tiny tasks or micro-commitments. This approach makes your goals less overwhelming AND invites you to celebrate small victories along the way. With the goal for becoming more physically fit in 2024 – how about these teeny, tiny steps:
- Put on your running shoes every day
- Do one pushup/yoga pose every morning
- March in place while you fold laundry
- Take your stairs 2 at a time
By finding easy, doable steps that support your goal, you set yourself up for success. Success naturally invites you to keep building. After putting on your running shoes every day for a week or so, you realize how easy it is to take a 5 minute walk. Once a 5 minute walk is part of your routine, it feels pretty simple to bump it up to 10 minutes, 20 minutes… You get the idea! Skew the game for success. It keeps your goals alive and inspiring.
3. Infuse Fun into Your Journey:
Who says goals have to be a serious affair? Injecting fun into your goals ensures an enjoyable and sustainable journey. Find activities related to your goals that bring you joy. If you’re aiming to get more physically fit, take a Zumba class, join the Slow Roll group at the local bike shop or find wild and crazy shoelaces for your running shoes. If personal growth is on your agenda, sign up for an Improv class or a writing group that playfully invites you out of your comfort zone. Or maybe it’s as simple as adding a quick celebration to small victories. Got your report done on time? Get up and do a little happy dance. Got to your meeting 5 minutes early? Savor a sip of the coffee/tea you brought.
Infusing fun into your journey creates joy and boosts your motivation and resilience.
Staying on track isn’t about rigid discipline or endless sacrifice; it’s about creating a positive, enjoyable, and sustainable path towards your goals. I hope these three simple strategies help you stay on track and relish the journey towards accomplishing your goals for 2024. Cheers to a year filled with growth, joy, and success!