We’ve all been there. That crushing moment when the new year is just a ball drop away and, we think to ourselves, “what have I done this year?” Immediately, we begin to dread the next 365 days. We ask ourselves why we didn’t make the time or why do I even bother? The truth is, you’re not alone! According to research conducted by the University of Scranton, 92 percent of people feel unaccomplished in their yearly goals. However, we here at Reignite want to help you head into the new year with confidence!
First, let’s talk about you and how you feel. Typically, people believe the biggest challenge for themselves is external. However, the truth is, it’s very much internal. Our state of mind affects our mood, well-being, relationships, and yes, even our finances. Remember that trip to Vegas after the breakup? Well, your credit card company does. We ensure our mental health because to achieve anything takes resilience. I mean, if dreams were easy, they’d be a to-do-list.
The next steps must involve dealing with your insecurities and self-doubt. For example, if you want to quit smoking, looking back at the reasons you started is helpful. Sometimes, when you put the pieces together, it creates a map that led you to this point in your life. Reevaluating the people and things we surrounded ourselves with will help you move past your issues and be aware of your vulnerabilities.
Now, you must abandon the notion that you cannot crush your goals! Stop trying to rationalize yourself out of taking the risk. You’ve played things safe for far too long and, it’s time to get out there and do it! We need to combat the doubt in our minds that says, “you can’t do this. What are you thinking?” Nope, it’s time to change it up. This year, we stop setting limits and, start setting records. Yes, it’s important to be realistic. However, there’s a difference between realistic and pessimistic. Don’t get the two confused.
Lastly, you will need to apply what you’ve learned. It’s time to check off some boxes however small they are. Let’s say you want to be more active this year. Now, let’s also say you’ve been kicking yourself for not taking your dog on more walks. Well, now’s your chance! Start walking your dog around the neighborhood every day. Then, gradually increase to a light jog when you’re ready.
Soon, you’ll start noticing the results. Your waist will get slimmer and your legs more defined. You’re looking good! Then, when you look at your list of goals for the year, you’ll have the satisfaction of checking that beautiful box.