Monday, April 20, 2015

Refocus on your Goals

We are almost 5 months into the new year. We are getting used to writing "2015", starting to feel the beautiful effects of spring, and so far it's been an adventure. But how are those goals you made back in January? Are they still going strong? Have they fizzled out completely?

  • Take a look at the list of goals you made at the start of the year. How many of those were actually doable goals? Have there been any that you can cross off already or that you're still working hard for? If needed, readjust your goals to make them more reasonable for you.

  • Ask your kids or spouse to remind you. If you're saving to buy an house or go on a vacation, but you really want some new shoes, ask your spouse to remind you to think before you buy. Are those new shoes really a need? 

  • Focus on one goal at a time. When you make a big list, sometimes it can be frustrating and discouraging to try to work at all of them. Pick one that you want to achieve. Maybe you want to lose a few pounds more than read more this year. Focus working out more or eating less before you go to the library to find a new book. Once you've reached that goal, maintain that progress while you focus on the other goals. 

  • Mark it on the calendar. Instead of saying you're going to run three miles this year, mark a date on the calendar that you're going to be able to run three miles by. 

  • Put reminders up around your house. If you need an extra reminder to eat healthier, remind yourself with sticky notes in the kitchen. Write something encouraging that will remind you that you're working for something. Put them where you hide your candy bars. Put one on the soda to remind you to choose water instead. 

  • Give yourself some time. It takes a lot of time to break a habit or to make a new one. It's hard to remember the big picture all of the time. Don't give up on your goals completely. It's never too late to start over on the list. So go through your goals, find the ones that you really want to focus on, and get refocused on your goals! 

How is your goal list going so far this year? Are there are you can check off?

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