Maintaining Your Momentum
While we may start the year with great intentions for forging ahead in the most positive way possible, come mid-February we are often faced with the shocking reality that staying healthy, happy and successful is hard work. So what do we do when we start to feel the momentum and excitement of those “new” resolutions fade? What can we do to reinvigorate our commitment and make sure we stay on course for the year? Below are some simple strategies for ensuring that this year’s resolutions don’t turn into next year’s anxiety. Make a new plan as often as necessary and a new intention
Break it down. What are the top five things you need to do in order to keep your momentum? What are the top five things you need to let go of to reconnect to your best self? What adjustments, both long-term and short-term, will need to be made in order to achieve your goal(s)?
Stop punishing yourself for “bad” behavior - say no to negative self-talk
If you get off track don’t waste time wallowing in your mistakes. Keep the self flagellating to a minimum and simply return your focus to your goals! Guilt and shame can be short term motivators but they ultimately serve only to reinforce negative self-talk and lead to defeating behaviors
Make the time, clear the space, say no - you are important
This is one of the biggest road blocks to success. You have to carve out the time you need to work on yourself. This should be a no-brainer given that you are your greatest resource.
Don’t try to "fix" everything in one day
Pick realistic manageable goals that can be achieved over the short and long-term. Picking impossible goals can be a great excuse to feel overwhelmed. Multiple smaller successes can be just as powerful as one larger achievement.
Motivation, motivation, motivation
Write it down. Talk about it to your friends, partner, family. Motivation keeps us clear and honest during those murky times when that extra piece of chocolate cake is calling or when we think we are just too busy to make it to class. Motivation is not static so what motivates you today may be different next week or next month. Be prepared to adapt your motivation to suit changes in your lifestyle and attitude over the course of the year. Motivation keeps our commitments fresh and invigorating!
Stay on track, have fun and feel good. You deserve to be your best-self and there is nothing wrong with working hard to make it happen 356 days!