With any New Year, most people are being more mindful of their flaws and are coming up with resolutions for the new year. Most people choose this time of year to create goals and resolutions to achieve throughout the new year. These resolutions include but are not limited to, losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more often, practicing better time management, being more mindful of others, using technology less, and following a daily routine. However, I’m sure you’ve learned throughout the years that achieving the goals you set are not as easy as setting them. How many times have you set a goal for yourself and then didn’t go through with it? Probably more than you should have, right? That’s probably because you didn’t take the time to sit down and plan properly. Achieving a goal requires a proper action plan and follow through. In order to achieve the goals you set you need to focus on the actual goals, making sure they are achievable, creating an action plan to achieve them, and a follow up plan!
Once you have decided all of this it’s time to create your support system. Having a good support system to help you power through is a key factor to successfully achieving your goals. Surround yourself with people who support you and help you stay motivated. Not to mention, making your goals public is a sure fire way to stay motivated. Since everyone knows your goals, it keeps you motivated to stay on track so you don’t have to admit to everyone that you failed later on. (This article was contributed by Ashley Campo, UCF Psychology and Counseling Student)