Failed your New Year’s Resolutions? It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s never to late to regroup, reprioritize and refocus.
The start of a new year feels like the start of something exciting. It’s your opportunity to renew, become a better version of yourself and accomplish some of the things you left on the back-burner the year prior. Yes, you could start at any time, but there’s something magnetic and enthralling about starting something new on 1/1.
We make New Year’s Resolutions. We write down all of our goals. We pick a word to embody the entire year. We’re revved up with energy about just being better than the year before. But then as the days pass, our energy sways. We get back to the reality of only having 24-hours in a day. We get caught up in the monotony, and before we know it, our goals are on the back-burner once again, and then the cycle starts all over on the next 1/1.
And ya know what? That’s perfectly okay. We are only human. Everything about being alive is unpredictable. We have jobs to go to, family and friends to spend time with, sleep to have, chores to do, people to take care of. We have all of these commitments that take up so much of our time, and it is so dang tiring. We have obligations to stick to, and so all of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year don’t feel like much a priority anymore. Not gonna lie, I set a ton of goals for myself this year, and I can tell you right now, at least two of those goals have already slipped through the cracks, and it’s only March!
So what if you have already failed at some of your resolutions? It’s fine because all you need now is a little reality check. In our heads, we are so excited about the prospect of accomplishing these goals that we forget about what it’s actually going to take to get them done. With these three simple steps, you can start anew in March with a resolution list that works better for you.
MAKE NOTE OF THE GOALS YOU’VE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH
Look at the goals you wrote down at the end of last year and make note of the ones that you’re actually doing. Pour yourself a glass of wine, pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for sticking to them. Even though you haven’t been keeping up with all of your goals, you’ve still been committed to some, and that’s actually pretty amazing. You set forth to do more and be better than the person you were last year, and guess what? You are because you’ve been committed to accomplishing those things this year. So keep on keepin’ on, friend.
REANALYZE YOUR GOALS
Make a separate list of the goals that you let slip through the cracks. Figure out why you let those things go. Are your goals unrealistic? Do you have time constraints? Are your goals something you actually want to accomplish?
Reanalyze the goals you set for yourself and revamp or eliminate them. If you wanted to work out three times a week, but you simply don’t have the time, reduce it to working out once a week, and maybe later you can increase the number of days. One of my goals for the new year was to get a second job so I can start saving up money and pay off some of my debt. I accomplished that goal (yay!), but then the reality of it is, having a second job is taking up a ton of my time, which means the time I could have dedicated to achieving my other goals doesn’t exist anymore. Because of that, I had to reevaluate my goals and figure out what could work with my new schedule. Remember to make your goals realistic, and don’t set yourself up for failure.
REWRITE YOUR LIST
Now that you’ve made note of the things you’ve been keeping up with and you’ve revamped or completely eliminated the goals that you haven’t been prioritizing, rewrite your list. With this new list of goals, you can refocus and re-energize yourself to continue on your path to a better you in the new year.
Like I said, I’m already guilty of letting a couple of my goals slip through the cracks because one of the goals I did accomplish is taking up a lot of my time, but it’s okay. At the end of the day, I got to check that off of my list of goals for the new year. It also forced me to look at the other goals I made and reprioritize their importance.
I beg you – please don’t label yourself a failure or beat yourself up for getting off track a little bit. Look at it as an opportunity to get your priorities back in order and get your sh*t together for the rest of the year.
What are some of the goals you’ve already let slip?