Looking Back on Your New Year’s Resolutions
While we begin to look ahead and start to set new goals or resolutions this year, it is important to check in on the goals you set for yourself last year and see if you accomplished or met any of those goals. This is important for a few reasons:
- You hold yourself accountable. What goals were you able to meet? What could you have done differently or what are you most proud of?
- You can take time to reflect. See if they are realistic goals. If you found it hard to accomplish most of your goals, chances are you need to make modifications to your expectations so that you can work towards accomplishing them. For example, if you set a goal to lose 20 pounds before the New Year and didn’t meet that goal, perhaps this New Year you can make it a goal to work out for at least 30 minutes starting three days a week. You can make it a goal to get up to five days a week by the end of the year.
- You can set some new goals. Looking back at your previous goals will help you come up with new goals to keep you challenged throughout the year. Setting the same goals year over year can become repetitive and can cause you to lose motivation especially if there is a specific goal you are finding hard to meet.
Once you review your previous goals you can start to come up with new, realistic goals for the future. You can set yourself up for a successful year ahead.
Make a Plan
If you are finding it hard to come up with goals, start with your overall wellbeing and think about your health. A great place to start this conversation would be in your doctor’s office for your annual check-up. You can ask your doctor if there are any realistic health goals you can set together and you can plan to touch base on your progress during your next visit.
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