Hey guys! We are a couple of weeks into the new year and you’re probably in one of three groups.
- The goal-crushers. You’re crossing your goals off, your neighbor’s goals off, and anybody else! You are killing it!
- The strugglers. You really had great intentions but the newness wore off fast and you’re overwhelmed and frantically searching for a way out.
- The better luck next timers. You tried, you struggled, so you burned that goal list in the bonfire and said girl bye.
I’m a member of the first two groups. The year didn’t start off quite like I had envisioned but I’m still in the game. I did make a goal list for 2018 and I also proclaimed my quote for the new year – if you missed it, you can read about it here. But I am also doing something a little different this year. I am doing my best to first create better habits in my life which will then help me accomplish my goals.
For example, I have a much better day when I start my morning off early with a routine. I used to be the president of the #5AMclub (it’s a real title) but over the last year I lost that determination. To help get the habit of early mornings back in my life, I have focused on going to bed by 10pm and getting up at 6am five days a week. My morning routine consists of writing in my gratitude journal, devotional and prayer, sending out one encouragement card, and exercises at home. It takes about thirty minutes to complete but it makes such a difference in my day!
What does that have to do with my goals? My morning routine already gives me a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. Small acts that create momentum which significantly increases my motivation to work on my other goals for the day. Last year, too many of my mornings started off with scrolling through my phone or getting sucked in to morning TV (It was The Today Show so I justified it but still). For me, it was a lazier start to the day which created a lack of motivation to work on my goals. But creating this habit of a morning routine has made such a difference and created margin in my day to work on goals. It’s basically the same as a scientific study but I don’t have the credentials to call it “scientific” so just trust me people.
Whether you are writing the book on goal crushing or waving the white flag, I encourage you to think about habits in your life. If you’re struggling, what habits could you create to help set yourself up for success when it comes to goals? Maybe it’s the habit of waking up earlier to carve out time for yourself. If you’re working on finances, maybe it’s the habit of weekly budgets or automatic transfers in your bank account. If you’re wanting a healthier lifestyle, you might create the habit of twenty minutes of exercise at home (I’m up to 15 push-ups this week, so clearly my habits work)!
Think about your goals and then think about the habits you need in your life to help accomplish those goals. If you’re struggling, let me know and maybe I can help you come up with an effective habit! It’s true that we become what we believe so let’s do everything we can to make our lives better and see how small changes can create big impacts in our life!