How To Get A Head Start On The New Year

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Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with good vibes, laughter and of course yummy food!! I spent a few days with my family here in London, and although I missed my family back home in Australia, I had so much fun! From board games and Christmas crackers, to guess whose present is under the tree (some of the tags had mysteriously disappeared haha) it was definitely a Christmas I’ll never forget. 

But now that Christmas is over, and trees are being placed on front lawns, ready to be collected and disposed of, means we’re getting closer to a brand new year. Which although sad, is also exciting, because that means another 365 days of new adventures!

I have a lot planned for myself this coming year. Dance goals I’m setting, learning a language, and of course more travel. Not to mention I’m working hard on my book and focusing on getting those chapters done.  But what exactly are my New Years Resolutions? Well, I have none. I have goals I’m setting myself, but they’re more long term goals, both career and lifestyle focused, that I’m carrying on from 2018. So I wouldn’t really call them New Years Resolutions.

But whether you’re setting a short term goal or longer ones like me, here’s how you can get a fresh perspective on the year ahead and smash those targets you set yourself!

Do It For You…

New Year, New You, is how the saying goes. But I like to think of it as, Old Year Great You, New Year Even Greater You.

There’s no need to go along with the crowd and set the usual resolution, instead think about what you truly want out of life and set yourself goals and targets based on that. Make it part of your lifestyle and don’t schedule to start on the 1st January, self motivate and start today!

Be Realistic…

Let’s be honest, you’re not going to transform from a non-runner to a marathon runner in a month.  Reaching our goals takes time and hard work. The best chance for success is to plan ahead and break your goal down into mini goals. This will give you a sense of progress and help to keep you on track.

Stay Motivated… 

Sticking to our goals can be difficult. There are times when all we want to do is stay in bed ignoring our alarm, instead of going for that run. Or when we should be writing but are distracted by the latest episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race… oh wait, that might be just me… but you get what I’m saying. There’s always going to be something to distract us, something that seems more appealing at the time. So it’s extremely important to remind yourself of the end goal, reflect on your progress so far, and think about how skipping this “one time” might set you back. 

Telling friends and family about your goals can often help keep your motivation game strong. It’s common for those around us to be interested in our progress, so staying on top of things will give you something solid to share with them. Making checklists, excel spreadsheets, even vision boards, can also be a great help as you’ll visually be able to keep track of your progress. So whatever it is that works for you, go for it!

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Success Vs Failure…

Our achievements are under our control. Those around us can advise us, support us, or sometimes unfortunately bring us down, but at the end of the day, it’s our actions that create the results. So it’s important to stay strong, to keep going and to throw throw those excuses away. And if at any point during your journey you find yourself reverting back to your old habits, or life gets in the way and you miss a mini target, look at it as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up all together. Because at the end of the day, your happiness is worth the time and effort.

Treat Yourself… 

It takes a lot of hard work to achieve your goals, and when you get to the quarter point or half way point, don’t forget to acknowledge that. I like to give myself rewards that I can work towards in acknowledgment of my mini successes, whether that’s treating myself to a massage or a meal out. Then when I reach my main goal, well that’s the reward right there.

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