4 Tips to help you rock your new year goals

Happy New Year to you, sweet momma! You made it through another year. There is so much to be grateful for as I look back on this past year. To be honest it’s been one of the toughest years of my life but it’s made me all the more grateful for the little things in life.

I’ve learned that gratitude is very power VERY powerful for combating discouragement, discontent, frustration, comparison and depression.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Around this time of year many of us will set goals and write down things we want to accomplish in the year ahead of us.

Perhaps you want to lose the last of the baby weight (that’s me!). Maybe you want to go back to work, or pay of debt, or spend more time with your loved ones. If you’re anything like me your new goals start creeping into your mind about September of the year before (yeah, I love goals.)

But no matter how long we spend thinking of new goals or planning new accomplishments it’s important to take steps to ensure that you actually make progress on your new found missions. Did you know less than 10% of people will actually reach their new year’s goals? That’s not going to be us awesome mommas this year!

Here are four tips to helping you actually stick to and accomplish your new years resolutions.

Write those goals down!

Did you know people with written goals are 50% more likely to them than those who don’t write them down? Take the time to write down your goals and put them somewhere you can see them. Maybe you’re someone who loves to associate your goals with a picture or an emotion. Creating a vision board is a great way to keep your goals in front of you every day.

Make a plan.

I’ll be honest. It took me a long time…like an embarrassingly long time to realize that you can’t achieve a goal unless you make a plan and then work that plan. I would wonder and wonder why I wasn’t magically achieving the goals that I had written down for myself until one day I realized I didn’t have a plan to get me there. No one set’s out on a long trip without directions so why did I think it was okay to go after my Big Hairy Audacious Goals without some form of road map?  Break down your goals into manageable steps and milestones. This way you can watch yourself make progress and have ways to take stock of where you are in achieving your goals.

Use a word.

For the last few years I’ve been using one word as an over arching theme for my new goals. It’s been a very effective tactic for me to stay focused. This one word (or phrase) guides my choices and helps me to stay on track. For example, in 2012 my phrase was “be fearless”. For the next year I would use that phrase to motivate me to reach my goal for the coming year. It represented who I wanted to be by the end of the year. In a sense it was my “why”.  Having a “why” is how you can keep a bigger sense of what you want to accomplish in front of you to motivate you when the discouraging days come.

Get an accountability partner or become part of a community.

It’s hard to achieve your goals by yourself…and it’s less fun. Who wants to run a marathon and not have people cheering you along the sidelines or meeting you at the finish line with Gatorade and and invitation to rub your toesies? Not me! In the same way, find a way to stay encouraged and accountable to reach your goals! A great community that you can join is the 411 Mommas! Sign up to stay in touch through email or join our facebookcommunity to network with other like minded mommas.

I hope that these tips helped you out. I know you are going to have an awesome year!

Dija Henry is an actor, filmmaker and fellow momma of three. She loves being part of the 411 Mommas Community and encouraging moms to stay creative. She writes about pursuing an artistic career and being an actor at dijahenry.com.

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