Yesterday, I talked a little about my single resolution for 2013.
My other goals-- they just sort of continue from year to year, kinda like roll-over minutes on a cellular plan. Like many of you, I pretty much work on the same things throughout the months...and years. When I reach a particular goal, I will make a new one. And then there are the goals that I just keep at...for what seems like a lifetime:). Nonetheless...they are important to me, and I love the feeling of getting better at something even if I am never quite "there."
I've listed just a few tips that help me keep my goals on track.
I am one of those people that is goal-happy. I like the challenge of working on something, whether it is a part of my character, my fitness, my eating, my artwork, or for 2013-- my faith. So, these are just a few things that I have found helpful... Hope they work for you, too!
1. Keep your goal accessible.
Keep it in front of you.
Or like, in your purse.
Also, on the toilet.
That works, too:).
The point is to have the ability to work on your goal always nearby.
I have made a huge effort to read more the last few months. I'm always in the middle of 2 or 3 different books, so I make sure to always have one in my purse. I read it while I wait for the kids to come out of school in the afternoon...or at Philly's wrestling practice...or during Niamh's cheer squad.
And the devotions, well...I really like to sit with a cup of coffee and have my time with God relaxed on the couch or at the kitchen table. But somedays that doesn't happen. So I put a short and sweet devotional book on my potty:). No excuses now.
Do what you can to keep your goal close. Don't write it down in the planner you never use. Or keep it stored away in your brain. Or in your closet. Or under your bed. The more accessible it is, the more you work on it.
2. Get inspired.
Inspiration motivates-- it excites. And excitement and motivation together will create action. And action, results.
How you get inspired is up to you.
Whatever works, just do it.
Keep your heart invested in your goals by feeding the passion intentionally.
I keep a bulletin board by my treadmill, full of running and workout quotes, photos of super in shape girls that could kick my butt, and inspiring stories/articles I've cut out over the years. (I need to update the board for this coming year, but you get the idea:). Somedays I really need to look that board over to feel like starting my run. I'll stand there for 10 minutes and just soak it all in...light a fire that gets my mind focused and my finger on the start button.
3. Make it fun.
If it is not fun, let's face it: IT WON'T LAST.
Phil got me new sneakers for Christmas and a Nike wrist band that keeps track of all my running miles, times, and calories. It is kinda fun. Actually, really fun. And really beneficial, too...cuz I can't run now without trying to beat my last run time. I load my workout online and my little Nike person runs across the screen...and my heart pitter patters, already eager for my next treadmill session.
Keep your progress enjoyable.
Make it so fun that you can't wait to start again tomorrow.
Three pretty simple things.
They seem to work for me.
Feel free to share any of your own tips, too!!
I'd love some fresh pointers myself!