Simple Goals versus New Year’s Resolutions


The new year is just around the corner. Are you someone who sets a bunch of resolutions each January, only to be discouraged as the year comes to a close and you realize you didn’t reach your goals? Or maybe you get disenchanted at the end of January or February as you realize that you haven’t yet develop new habits to support your goals.

I have one easy tip to share with you in setting goals for this next year: Keep it simple.

Aim for consistent—but not radical—change. When you focus on a goal that is too big, and you don’t move toward it as quickly as you’d like, it’s easy to feel discouraged and give up. Instead, aim to improve by 1% each week.

Doesn’t 1% seem much more achievable? When you focus on small improvement, your goals are much more likely to become a reality.

I read an interesting book lately by Stephen Guise called Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results. Stephen suggests setting goals that are so small there is no way you can’t achieve them. And, more often than not, you’ll usually overshoot these goals.

He gives the example of his goal of one push-up per day. This is a goal that is totally achievable. (Even if he forgets to do it during the day, he can still squeeze a quick push-up in before bed!) And usually once he begins his push-up, he winds up doing more than one and continues to do an entire set.

By setting a goal so small that it’s totally achievable, and reaching that goal every day, you will feel a greater sense of accomplishment. This will encourage you to keep moving in the direction you want to go.

This year, I’d encourage you to set goals that are so simple it would be crazy for you not to achieve them. You can increase these goals as the year goes on (like doing two push-ups per day instead of one), but make sure that each time the new goal is something you can easily do.

At the end of the year, you may not be involved in a push-up competition. But you will still be doing more push-ups each day than you would be if you had set a daily goal of 50 and given up completely in February.

We all need a push of encouragement from time-to-time. If you aren’t sure where to begin setting goals, or how to break out of the rut you find yourself in and get into action, it may be time for you to consider working with a health coach. This post will help you decide if working with a health coach may be the right course of action for you as you begin 2018.

If you’d like a taste of what working with a coach is like, click here to schedule a free breakthrough session with me (check out testimonials from people just like you here). I’d love to support you in reaching your goals this next year so you can live with more freedom and confidence.

Here’s to Loving the Skin You’re In,