Almost two months ago, you determinedly made your New Year’s resolutions and promised yourself that you would stick to them this year. Now that some time has passed: How are you doing in regard to meeting your goals?
If you’re still going strong, that’s awesome. But just in case it’s not going as well as you had hoped, we would like to send you some encouragement, whether you are five or one hundred and five.
Did you know that only about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions? There are as many reasons for losing focus as there are promises, and much of the time it is because the goal isn’t realistic.
So what can you do to get yourself back into the New Year’s spirit and back on track?
- Forgive yourself. Life, and setbacks, happen. It’s okay and part of our journey in this life. We’re all very busy and sometimes, things just don’t work out as planned. Learn from your mistakes and move on. The Catholic Exchange gives great advice on this subject. Anyway, January 1 is a symbolic date; in reality, every day is the start of a new year, so go ahead and begin again.
- Remind yourself why you made the resolution. The odds are you choose your goal because it was something you really wanted to do, which is good because the more it means to you, the easier it is to stick with it. You may have heard of SMART goals, and while they are often used in a professional or educational setting, they work in personal ones too. So, if you need a little extra motivation, occasionally revisit your reasoning behind your choice.
- Reevaluate and adjust. Why do you think you’re having trouble achieving your resolution? Did you bite off more than you could chew? Maybe breaking your goal down into stages and celebrating each successful step is the way to go. Or maybe you realized that the specific goal wasn’t as important to you as you thought it was. No problem; pick a new one of significance and start again. This article from Catholic Culture discusses setting realistic goals.
- Keep a positive attitude. Resolutions are usually set in order to make something in your life better. Maybe it’s making healthier lunches for your children, keeping your family connected in an increasingly digital society, or doing more for charity. Whatever it is, know that every step you take is in the right direction. And remember, even if you have trouble keeping your resolution, as a member of the Catholic culture, you are always striving to contribute to the greater good. Anything on top of that is just icing on the cake.