As we wrap up the first month of 2021, it’s the perfect time to reflect back on how you started the year. Year after year, people will utilize the start of the new year as a chance to reset or restart a healthier lifestyle. But more often than not, these new year goals will fizzle out by the end of the month - as the saying goes, old habits die hard. Taking the time to sit back and evaluate your progress in January is a great way to make sure you carry on healthier, happier choices throughout the rest of the year.
Consider your goals for 2021. How did you do?? Were there days you forgot to stick to your goals? Or days when you put minimal effort in? Are they goals you can carry through the rest of the year?
If you struggled to keep track, consider writing down your goals on a piece of paper and hanging them by your mirror. That way, each morning you can reflect back on what you want to accomplish in 2021. Marking the days you accomplished your goals on a calendar can also give you a visual reminder of what progress you have made.
If after the 31 days of January, you don’t think your initial New Year’s Resolution is something you can keep up with for the next 334 days, evaluate why. Was it an unrealistic goal? Are you just not motivated to continue? There’s always a new day to start over and try again. You can adjust the goal to make it work for your needs and comfort levels. But if you truly don’t believe it’s something you can accomplish right now, no need to worry. Again, there’s always a new day to start fresh. Make new goals for yourself. You’ve got this.
A great way to step back and reevaluate your goals and your overall wellness is to take a moment and thank yourself for what you’ve accomplished. The NPR article, “Broken New Year's Resolutions Already? It's OK To Give Yourself A Break,” takes a look at achieving (or not achieving) New Year’s Resolutions and how to work with where you’re at.
If you’ve been rocking your New Year’s goals so far, keep it up. Each month, take a moment to reflect on your progress and how you can continue to challenge yourself throughout the year.
No matter where you are in your New Year’s Resolution journey, remember, Adventure Comes in Endless Forms!