The contrast between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is extreme when you think about it. We are focused on living in the moment during the holidays. Christmas Day is about spending quality time with your family and pausing for a moment while creating memories.
The Christmas holiday gives us an excuse to stop focusing on work, to-do lists and stresses. For all these reasons we love the holiday. But then there is the day after Christmas when the reality of the coming new year hits us. The New Year offers a new start, full of ambitious goals. But statistics show that most Americans don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions past the month of February. And you have life experience that tells you that all the ambitious goals you set for the year are easily overlooked as life unfolds. So what is the best method to BE BETTER this year, without setting yourself up for failure?
Well, our theory is this:
- Goals are easier when you are part of a team. Become part of a group working toward the same thing.
- Make them doable. If you have never gone for a run, don’t resolve to run a marathon in 2014.
- Be motivated. Don’t set a goal that you dread. If you dread it now, it won’t last. Find something that motivates and excites you.
- Break your BIG goal into small goals. Take your end goal and break it into three to five smaller goals. If your goal is to lose 15 pounds, what goals do you have to achieve to get there? For example, pack healthy snacks to eat at work all month. That way, at the end of the first week, you will already have achieved initial success.
The Be BETTER Movement loves goals! That is our thing. We recently created a program called the 2 X 2 Challenge. We believe that one of the most difficult and overwhelming parts of goal setting is deciding where to start. For example, think of the last time you picked up a health magazine. By the time you finished it, you might be motivated to eat gluten free, clean out your closet, grow an herb garden, run a triathlon and buy organic produce. Trying to achieve all of those things at once can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in. We give you two goals that should be practiced for two weeks. Goals that you practice for two weeks become habits.
If you would like to join the 2 X 2 Challenge, click here. You will receive an email with the two challenges every Monday. Join a online community of people striving to Be BETTER.