It’s that time of year again!
The time of shiny new goals to accomplish for this year, excitement and drive to pursue the things we care about, and a belief that we can finally become who we say we want to.
Something about the resetting of the year gives us this feeling that we too can have a reset, and become new again.
The question I always find myself asking around the start of the new year is why don’t we feel like this all the time?
Why do we feel so much possibility at the start of the year, but lose that as the days go by?
Why is it so hard to stick to goals that will make you happy, or take you to a place in life that you desperately want to go to?
I think a big part of the problem is that we set these big, huge, dream goals for ourselves, but no logical and approachable path to get there.
If you have no idea how to work out or eat healthy, and your goal is to lose 100 pounds in a year, it’s not something that is going to happen just because you want it.
With such a large goal over a relatively long period of time, it seems very common to either lose interest or get discouraged and give up.
I think this is because it feels like we’re working so hard, and getting no reward or gratification. It makes us think, “why do I even bother”.
If instead you set the goal, I’m going to go to the gym three times this week, that gives you a much more approachable and easy to accomplish goal.
Once you do that, you feel excited and encouraged, and ready to crush another goal.
Maybe it’s going an extra day, maybe it’s going longer while you’re there, but the point is that all you have to do is set a new goal to continue challenging yourself every week, and keep meeting those goals.
This gives you a continuous cycle of self-support, encouragement, and growth. You’re now focusing on all the things you can do, rather than what you can’t.
If you keep following those small goals and knocking them out of the park, you’ll quickly see yourself on the path to your larger goals, with much less pressure and uncertainty about being able to get there.
If you’re having trouble facing a big goal, try breaking it up into smaller ones and really challenge yourself to grow in the way that you want to!