Remember that New Year’s resolution you set way back in January? Yes, a whole 3 months ago. Somehow it feels like forever ago. Wanna know how I feel about New Year’s resolutions? I kind of hate them. Yeah I know, but it’s about bettering yourself. But is it really? I think it just ends of gets caught up in the hype and then the excitement fades along with the commitment. But this year I decided to do as much as I can do not have another parking ticket. I may have paid the city of Los Angeles well over $1,000 last year. And that’s being very conservative.
I do not want any more parking tickets.
Therefore, it is on my mind every time I park my car. Sometimes I just want to ignore the signs, but I told myself I wanted to change my record. It’s only been one month and I am ticket free!
*Update: Somehow 4 tickets fell on my lap from mid February to now… Does this sound like your New Year’s resolution? A month of avid commitment followed by a few slips here and there to full blown excuses?
Keys to achieving goals
Did you know if you write your goals down you are more likely to meet them? 42% more likely according to Dr. Gail Matthews from Dominican University in California. I do believe in is goal making! I am an avid list maker. Without a list I float around aimlessly. I am still working on creating organized lists. I often describe myself as an organized mess.
- Write them down.
- Make them visible.
- Have someone hold you accountable.
- Give yourself incentives.
- Reinforce. Reinforce. Reinforce.
- Phone alarms/reminders
- Post-its on your mirror
- Revisit and rework to meet your changing needs
Recently, I had a friend tell me to make them your password. For example, change your password to WorkOutToday. It takes intention, commitment, and follow through.
My goal for the next month: Try a pilates reformer class. Why?
1. To change up my workout routine.
2. To get out of my comfort zone and challenge my body in a different way.
*Update: I tried it and it was awkward. I need To give it another chance…
My goals for May: Donate platelets and wear red lipstick twice.
I am definitely going to be recruiting help from my friends with both of these. I do best when I write it down, verbalize it, ask someone to join me, and ask to be held accountable.
Share Your Goals
What is your goal? How are you going to achieve it? When do you want to accomplish it by?
If it is a long term goal, break it down into smaller goals to keep you on track!
What other strategies help you achieve goals?
Share your goals in the comments so we can all encourage and build off each other!
Click here for an article about the pitfalls of New Years Resolution and how to be effective with goal writing!
Make it happen.
There’s no better time than now,