The Secret to Sticking to Your New Year Goals


You know the routine, start the new year with a set of goals, only to lose sight of them a short time afterward. It is a depressing fact and the reason many people avoid making resolutions altogether!

Having goals is a great way to stay focused throughout the year. If you have goals, chances are you’ll be motivated and inspired to do something, achieve something, and see something. Or at least, you had that motivation. The will to continue is the element of resolution-making that generally eludes us. When we are motivated and focused, we stick to our goals and see results. -But it isn’t that simple.


Does life get in the way?

Most of us lead busy lives. We roll out of bed in the dark and go to bed in the dark. We run around during the hours between or are pinned to a desk. This isn’t exactly the most conducive atmosphere to staying focused on more than getting out of bed and getting to work on time.

But that doesn’t mean you should give up.  You need to pick an inspiring goal.

The biggest New Year resolution most people make is that perpetual weight loss goal. Year in, year out we think about those extra pounds and just frown. Every year it’s the same thing. Why should this year be any different?


The difference lies in your perspective

You get motivated to lose weight because you eat too much during the holidays, and then realize you need to take off the extra pounds.

You can start off by changing your awareness. Instead of eating huge portions, taste just a little of everything, and take the time to really enjoy it, savor it -don’t devour every bite.

Then, when another year rolls around, you will already be in a different frame of mind. You will already be mentally prepared to kick the weight off.


Stay focused

The key lies in visualization. Take the time to go deep into your mind. Meditate. Breathe deeply and listen to relaxing music. If you don’t have time for any of that, take one minute while you are at work to breathe deeply. Now imagine your goal.

Imagine that you’ve already achieved your goal. You are the person you want to be. You are already there. See your eating habits, your fitness habits. They are healthy, you are healthy, and you feel great! You also feel satisfied and accomplished. Why? Because you know you can do what you set out to do.

Visualization will work with any goal you have. If you are looking to learn a new skill, a new craft, take a university course or get a raise, visualize just that. Don’t see yourself trying to achieve the goal, see yourself in the situation where you have achieved it.  Where you are living out what it is, you want to experience. There are no boundaries between you and the reality you want.


Make a list

Sometimes, it helps to make a list of what you want to achieve. It helps to set the intention and stay focused.

Set the intention, visualize and achieve.

Your first intent is to put your goals into practice. Then see yourself in the reality you want. After that, do what it takes to achieve it. Your unconscious mind already knows what it takes. Listen to that voice of wisdom, and reach for the stars!


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