It’s halfway through the year which means, statistically, New Year’s resolutions have died. In fact, according to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the end of February. In other words, it’s not out of the ordinary and don’t beat yourself up! If you made a resolution to grow personally or professionally this year, it’s not too late to pick up where you left off. Check out a few different ways you can continue working on yourself this year.
Revamp Your Old Resolution
This is the time to ask yourself the tough questions, but don’t dwell over the answers. Maybe life got in the way, or maybe you shot for the moon when you should’ve started smaller. Analyze what went wrong when you set your original goal, and try to figure out the underlying cause for letting yourself stray. The sooner you discover what derailed you in the first place, the sooner you can get onto tackling life on your own terms. Take your old goal and look at it with fresh, renewed perspective.
Try Journaling or Writing
You’d be surprised how liberating and soothing writing down your feelings can be. If you’re not much of a talker, this is a good outlet to get things off your chest and off your mind – this can make room for more productive and positive thinking. However, it doesn’t have to all be that personal. Getting your goals down on paper is a great way to keep yourself accountable and also a great way to measure progress.
Attend Empowering Events
There are countless events, speakers, panels, and beyond that you can attend to get motivated and get after your goals. Are you familiar with the Women of Influence Summit? Let me summarize: it’s incredible. This one-day summit is packed with inspiration, stories, making connections, and real-world practical tools for all women. The day starts with different morning sessions/speakers, a lunch and panel, a few afternoon sessions/speakers, and the day is topped off with a happy hour. If you’re feeling like you need to hit the reset button on your way of thinking and perhaps gain some fresh, new perspective, this could be just the event for you.
Keep Your To-Do List Manageable & All About YOU
If you’re serious about getting down to business and sticking to your New Year’s Resolution, it needs to be done on your own time, nobody else’s. Prioritizing and planning are equally important when it comes to getting things done. Whether that be scheduling a time slot in your calendar to meditate, or physically making a to-do list and hanging it on the fridge, being aware of where your time is going will help tremendously.
Try Positive Affirmations Surrounding Your Goal
You can do this, and reminding yourself of that is the perfect motivator. Depending on where your goals lie, affirmations might help keep you motivated or at least keep your goals top of mind. Try making these as specific as you can. If your goal is centered around your career, find affirmations that fit as closely to your career as you can. If it’s your family or something personal, find affirmations that relate to that. The more fitting they are for your goals, the more helpful they can be for you.
Nobody’s perfect, and New Year’s Resolutions are notorious for starting strong in January and petering out by late February. Give yourself grace and remember not to beat yourself up. Everyone can use a refresher from time to time, and there is no shame in that. There’s no time like the present to get after your goals, so why not start today?