If you’re anything like me probably around November/December of 2015 you started reflecting on your year’s progression, deciding what habits you were going to keep and which ones you were going to kick, you started making new years resolutions or goals for 2016, and you probably stated the mantra “New Year, New Me“.
No? Am I alone in this? I can’t be. Every year it never fails, I actively lie to myself and say “once the clock strikes twelve, I’ll be a changed woman!”. Well if you’re reading this you probably know it always doesn’t work like that. You can’t just jot down some goals and think that change will just come. No. You have to put in work. You have to actually want to make a change. You have to actually want to change beyond January 1. These changes should be reflected in your daily lifestyle and not just on some page in your journal that you bought because you were so determined to do this year differently.
If you’re like me you do well with these resolutions for a good month at best. But after Feb it’s back to the same ole you, same routine of not excelling but merely existing, not accomplishing goals, not following through with ideas, just plain ole stuck.
I feel like the best way to fix a problem is to admit that there is a problem. So what’s holding you back? Why aren’t you able to keep the momentum. Fear? Laziness? Procrastination? Real life situations that you can’t control?
Whatever it is, name it and claim it. If you want to solve an issue you have to take ownership, you cannot operate out of self-pity and blaming others for your mishaps. Now that you have claimed it. Create an action plan to get rid of it. Create habits that counteract your bad habits. If you have a thing with procrastination start planning ahead and getting right to your work. If you feel like you’re lazy add some cardio to your routine, start waking up earlier.
Create goals that will allow you to develop the life you want.
Here’s 5 steps to actually becoming the best version of yourself.
Rising to the Challenge 2016 is simply becoming the best version of yourself, doing everything that you were too afraid to even try to do, setting S.M.A.R.T goals and actually achieving them.
Rise To The Challenge 2016
- Figure out who it is you want to be and what it is you want to do. What are some goals that you always wanted to reach but never had the time to do it?
- Go to the Lord (or higher source) and ask for diligence, patience, the will to see a task through, faith, and perseverance.
- Define your goals in MAJOR details. Be specific, set deadlines for yourself.
- Find an accountability partner. Someone you trust and who will keep your focused on achieving your goals. Someone who wants to see you become your best you. This person needs to be reliable, trustworthy, responsible. They have to be willing to check you when you’re off track and hold you accountable to the standards and goals you set for yourself, so please choose wisely.
- Take it day by day. Change doesn’t come overnight. if you want to lose weight don’t be discouraged when you haven’t lost the amount you wanted to lose in a short amount of time. It will take hard work and patience so don’t give up!
These goals can be personal, professional, dreams, etc.. If you wanted to go to Paris but never been, what’s stopping you? Whatever it may be BIG or small go for it. The time is now to be your best self and fulfill your dreams.
You don’t want to be in December claiming “New Year, New Me”, Keep your momentum and go for it now. Rise To The Challenge!