Here we are, the first week of February. You’ve had a month of the “new year, new me” attitude, but you’re starting to notice that your motivation is dwindling. You were so eager to accomplish those goals but now see yourself reverting to your old routines.
Personally, I’ve recognized that keeping that new year, new me motivation is harder than starting on those goals in the first place. Of course, it’s easier said than done, and planning the goals with the thought of the clean state a new year brings is simple. But once you realize that the same crazy schedules and stresses from the past year didn’t wash away with the chime of the new year bell, sticking to those goals and keeping the motivation to do so becomes even more important.
It’s a lot, I know. Just breathe. You’ve got this, and HNC is here to help with some tips to keep you motivated and on track to accomplishing your goals.
5 Steps to Keeping Your “New Year, New Me” Motivation
- Congrats! You made it a month without giving up completely, you’re already doing better than most of the people out there. The fact that you’re reading this shows that you are committed to your goals so don’t beat yourself up for feeling like maybe you haven’t done enough.
- Celebrate the small victories and don’t be too hard on yourself. Changing yourself, your habits, your routines is challenging to say the least and definitely not for the faint of heart.
- Reflect periodically. Preferably each month, give yourself enough time to really put in the effort. Go over what your goal was, how you did, and make a plan for how to do better. Keep in mind that these things take time.
- Adjust as needed. Maybe your goal was to work out 4 mornings a week but after reflection (Step 3) you’ve realized you’re just not a morning person. It’s okay to adjust to working out in the evenings instead.
- Remember why you’re doing it. A vision board is one of the best ways to do this along with putting a note on your mirror. If your reason is something general, such as “wanting to be a better person,” try to be more specific such as “wanting to make more people smile each day.” Making sure your reason is a bit more tangible will help you stay motivated.
As you celebrate, reflect, adjust, and push through to achieve your goals, always remember that taking the initiative to change shows how strong you are. You’ve already accomplished more by working toward your goal instead of straying from it; your only true obstacle is yourself. Stay strong, you’ve got this!
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