Happy New Year!
I hope that you had a beautiful Christmas holiday and a celebratory New Year's Eve, and are looking forward to a beautiful and exciting New Year ahead.
I absolutely love the energy around New Year's Day. It's the one time of year when it feels like anything is possible, when you have a clean slate to create new habits and set new goals.
But after the confetti has been tossed and the champagne has been drunk, New Year's can sometimes leave us disappointed and de-motivated. After all, it's fun to set huge goals! But when we're faced with actually taking the steps to make them reality on January 1 and beyond, it can feel like too much work. We give up so quickly! And assume that this year will be pretty much like all the other others we've slogged through.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
To keep the momentum that you need to achieve your goals, you need a strong "Why."
I've been working through Michael Hyatt's Best Year Ever program to set up my goals for 2017, and I love the quote by his wife, Gail: "You lose your way when you lose your why."
For most of us, our goals involve some big changes. Change is uncomfortable until it become our new routine, our new habit. Did you know that it takes 66 days to create a habit? Those studies telling you that you could change your routines in 21 days were not scientific! You need more time to cement new patterns and choices into habits. And 66 days can feel like eternity when you're outside of your comfort zone.
So what will keep you pushing toward your goal when the going get's tough? Your "Why!"
Take a look at the goals that you set for this New Year. Determine WHY you want to achieve that goal. Will it make you feel a certain way? Will it bring you something that you've been longing to have (a long-term relationship, the ability to fit into your skinny jeans, a new job, a thriving business)? What will NOT achieving the goal cost you? Doctor's bills for diabetes? Credit card debt with seemingly no way out?
By looking at both the benefits of achieving the goal you set, and the detriments of not achieving it, you make it much more likely that you'll have the motivation to achieve that goal.
So, take 15 minutes today to run through your goals for this year and note the motivation behind each goal.
Write these down - the written word is powerful!
Now review your motivations at least weekly to remind yourself why your goals are so important to you.
Let me know how this exercise goes for you in the comments!
I can't wait to hear how you tap into your why and build momentum to achieve your goals!