We are already half-way through the first month of 2015, and by now, many of us have already fallen short of our New Year’s resolutions. January can be a tough time because we take a long, hard look at ourselves, and review progress towards our goals. While self-evaluation is the only way to grow, it’s also very important to like what you see in the mirror’s reflection. Here are some steps you can take to help you reach your goals for 2016:
Pair your criticism with compliments, even with yourself. American businessman, investor and author Robert T. Kiyosaki said, “It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!” Click here to read more Kiyosaki quotes from addicted2success.com. It’s been said more than a million ways, but the true value of positive self-talk is worth millions.
Setting Realistic Goals
By this time each year, if you consistently find yourself struggling to keep the challenging resolutions you’ve set for yourself, you may be aiming too high, or in the wrong direction. To grow, you should set challenging goals, but you should not set yourself up for failure. Are you looking to become physically fit, work towards being debt-free, earn a new degree, or start your own business? Each of these goals have progress points along the way. Rather than setting an overwhelming or nearly impossible New Year’s resolution, instead, set your sights on the first, obtainable milestone on the road to your larger aspiration.
The first step to becoming physically fit is incorporating small amounts of activity into your daily routine. Don’t start out running a marathon; instead, map out a 20 minute walk after work each day for a week. Don’t work 20 hours per day to pay off your credit card debt in one month. Instead, look for a loan or credit card with a period of low or no-interest which you can use to roll over and pay off your debt. No one earns a bachelor’s or graduate degree overnight. Set a resolution of looking into college programs that would be right for you before the end of the month. Then, make next month’s focus filling out applications and gathering references. If you’re looking to start your own business, do your research before investing.