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 yummy food, laughter and of course presents!! I spent a few days with my family 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. 

I’m a little sad to see Christmas tree’s already placed on front lawns and festive lights being taken down. But that just means we’re getting closer to a brand new year which is exciting in itself because that means another 365 days of new adventures that await us!

I have a lot planned for myself this coming year. Fitness goals I’m setting, a new language to learn, and of course more travel. Not to mention I’m working hard on my book and focusing on getting those chapters done. It’s exciting, but time management can be a struggle with everything else I have going on. 

So what are my New Years Resolutions? Well, I have none. I mean, how many people really keep them anyway? I have goals I’m setting myself, but they’re more long term, career and lifestyle focused, 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 & TAKE BITE SIZED PORTIONS

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.

STAYING MOTIVATED

Sticking to our goals can often become difficult. There are times when all we want to do is stay in bed and ignore our alarm, opposed to going for that run. Or opt for a custard filled donut instead of an apple. There are times 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, see your progress thus far, and think about how skipping this “one time” might set you back. 

Telling friends and family about your goals can often help to keep you motivated. 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 help you achieve your goals. So whatever it is that works for you, go for it!

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TREAT YOURSELF

You’re working hard, so don’t forget to acknowledge that. I like to set myself quarter point rewards, whether that’s treating myself to a new pair of shoes, a massage, or sometimes both. I like to give myself rewards that I can work towards in acknowledgment of my mini successes. Then when I reach my main goal, well that’s the reward right there.

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 result. So having a strong sense to keep going and throwing those excuses in the bin, is the only way to get through it. 

If at any point during your journey you revert back to your old habits, or life gets in the way and you miss your mini target, look at it as only a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up all together. 

Your happiness is worth the time and effort, so get started and good luck! I know you’re all fierce warriors and can achieve everything you set your mind too!

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