When you start out each new year, you likely tell yourself that this is the year you are going to meet all of your goals. As time passes, however, it is easier to forget about those resolutions you set out to follow on the first of January. As specialists in individual therapy in Orlando, we know that those who stick to their goals end up happier and more fulfilled in the long run. There are a few steps to follow to help you stick to your new year's resolutions all year long.
When you set large goals for yourself, such as losing weight or changing careers, these goals can take time. Often times, people get discouraged when they don't see immediate results and then they give up on their resolution. Instead of being one of these people, break your large goal into smaller benchmarks. This will help you to see results, even though they may be small, throughout the months. By the end of the year, you'll realize that you've met those goals or at least taken many strides in order to reach those goals soon.
When you make yourself accountable by setting goals, you are making a commitment to bettering yourself and doing things for you. Find ways to make sure that you stay committed. If it helps to include others in your journey, join a community group of people with similar goals or post your commitment to social media. These elements can help you stay accountable because now others will follow your journey. Set reminders to stay on top of your goals daily or weekly. These small steps can help you stay committed all year long.
When you set out to achieve a goal, you should expect a few setbacks. Instead of being defeated by these mistakes or setbacks, you can learn from them and make necessary changes to avoid them in the future. Set realistic goals for your lifestyle. If you want to lose weight but don't have a lot of extra time, find ways to incorporate diet and exercise into your daily routine. Opt for the stairs when you can, or take a walk during your lunch break. Find ways to prevent excuses from piling up by recognizing your mistakes and learning from them.
Instead of waiting until December 31st to measure the progress on your yearly goals, celebrate the small successes each month or when you reach a milestone. When you recognize that your life is going down the right path, you should celebrate that moment. Recognizing that you are happy and satisfied by the decisions you are making can help propel you forward. This will help you to adopt your resolutions into your new lifestyle, which is the ultimate goal.
These are just a few of the methods to follow if you want to stick to your new year's resolutions all throughout the year. Meeting the personal goals you set for yourself will help you to become more satisfied and content with yourself. At our individual counseling in Orlando, we offer counseling to help our clients stay on the course to having a better life and being more fulfilled within themselves. Contact us today to hear how we can help you start living a better life for yourself.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.