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?
Statistics 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:
- Persistence, not perfection. Life changes don’t take a lifetime, but the hope is that they’ll last a lifetime.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 program – George King
Here are some other book suggestions to help you meet your health goals in 2015:
- My age of anxiety : fear, hope, dread, and the search for peace of mind – Scott Stossel.
- The silver lining : an insightful guide to the realities of breast cancer – Hollye Jacobs
- Watch your back! : how the back pain industry is costing us more and giving us less–and what you can do to inform and empower yourself in seeking treatment – Richard A. Deyo, MD
- Tell me the truth, doctor : easy-to-understand answers to your most confusing and critical health questions – Richard Besser
Why 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:
- Eat to live : the amazing nutrient-rich program for fast and sustained weight loss – Joel Fuhrman.
- Now eat this! diet – Rocco DiSpirito
- Just tell me what to eat! : the delicious 6-week weight loss plan for the real world – Timothy S. Harlan
- The metabolism miracle cookbook : 175 delicious recipes that can reset your metabolism, melt away fat, and make you thin and healthy for life – Diane Kress
Learn Something New
The 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:
- Tim Gunn’s fashion bible : the fascinating history of everything in your closet – Tim Gunn
- Introduction to Cherokee [sound recording] : a primer for learning to read, write and speak the Cherokee language – Gregg Howard and Richard Eby
- Cultivating your creative life : exercises, activities & inspiration for finding balance, beauty & success as an artist – Alena Hennessy
Get Your Finances in Order
Here are some other book suggestions to help you meet your personal finance goals in 2015:
- The elements of investing : easy lessons for every investor – Burton G. Malkiel and Charles D. Ellis
- The Charles Schwab guide to finances after fifty : answers to your most important money questions – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
- Financial independence (getting to point X) : an advisor’s guide to comprehensive wealth management – John J. Vento
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?