Check in with yourself, Check out a Book – 2015 edition

In the past, we’ve talked about how to set SMARTER goals and the importance of evaluating your progress. Since we’re only a couple of weeks into the New Year, it seemed an appropriate subject to revisit!

So, how’s it going this year? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Are you still working on the ones you made last year?

New-Years-Resolutions-PhotoStatistics show that a month into the New Year, 64% of resolutioners are still working towards their goals! Now is a good time to assess your progress, and if needed, tweak your strategy and recommit!

8% of New Year’s resolutioners succeed. Why not you? Don’t be disheartened by that number

“Don’t lose hope though. It turns out people who make a New Year’s resolution are 10 times more likely to change their lives than those who don’t.”

Accept the challenge! Make a promise to yourself that you will be one of the 8% this year. Even if you don’t hit all the goal markers you set up, you’ll still be making progress towards the things you want in life– and that’s the best gift you can give yourself.

With that said, here are five tips and some books to check out to help you meet your goals no matter what time of year you start:

  1. Persistence, not perfection. Life changes don’t take a lifetime, but the hope is that they’ll last a lifetime.
  2. Surround yourself with people and environments that support your goals. If you can’t find the support you need in your social circle, check out some online groups and forums.
  3. Challenge yourself in new ways- even if it’s not goal related. Tackling and overcoming challenges give you the courage and confidence to challenge yourself in other arenas.
  4. Focus on the reason, not the outcome. What motivates you to change? Keeping your “good reasons” in the forefront will give you the motivation for the persistence you need to meet your long term goals.
  5. Celebrate your successes! Progress is success, so take the time to notice how your hard work is paying off. Even if it seems minor in the big picture, small successes add up over the long term and appreciating those successes will improve your motivation and drive.

Improve Your Health

The diabetes reset : avoid it, control it, even reverse it : a doctor's scientific programThe diabetes reset : avoid it, control it, even reverse it : a doctor’s scientific program – George King

Here are some other book suggestions to help you meet your health goals in 2015:

Lose Weight

Why_We_Get_Fat_And_What_to_Do_About_It_book_coverWhy we get fat and what to do about it – Gary Taubes.

Here are some other book suggestions to help you meet your weight loss goals in 2015:

Learn Something New

big-bicycling-bookThe bicycling big book of cycling for beginners : everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding – Tori Bortman.

Here are some other book suggestions to help you learn something new in 2015:

Get Your Finances in Order

retire-soonerYou can retire sooner than you think : the 5 money secrets of the happiest retirees – Wes Moss

Here are some other book suggestions to help you meet your personal finance goals in 2015:

If you didn’t make a resolution this year, don’t wait til next year! There’s no magic time of year to start working towards your goals.

What are your goals for this year? Did you have any successes or tips/resources to share in striving towards your own goals?

4 thoughts on “Check in with yourself, Check out a Book – 2015 edition

  1. Thanks for this organized blog post. It is great!
    I have been using my smart phone’s event calendar in addition to reading books to help me with my personal goals this year. I look at the calendar each morning before I start my day and check in with my goals.
    It will be harder with an infant to care for, soon, but I have realistic and small goals for those first few months, when everything seems out of control. Like, set up a realistic schedule, take time to read, study my Bible and pray, take time to nap, and ask for help around the house on an as needed basis, before the house becomes a pig sty!


    • Thanks! Sounds like you’re getting everything organized- which I’m sure will pay dividends when the little one comes!


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