Whenever a new year rolls in, most people automatically feel the pressure to turn a new leaf. They want to change their ways and habits, and they decide they want to be healthier, spend less, be more spiritual, take a new course or look for a new job. This is all I a quest to be a better person or improve the quality of their life. Which is all good. But the approach most people take in this quest, is a drastic to say the least. Just to take you back a bit, are all these changes really called for? Are they necessary? Does your life need a major overhaul or a just a minor tweak here and there and you’re good to go? Let’s not kid each other.
We all must know someone (sometimes this someone is us!) who always makes New Year’s Resolutions only to end up falling back to the same old habits after the first three weeks of the New Year have elapsed. Why should you succumb to the pressure of changing everything when we know very well that human beings are creatures of habit and comfort and you will definitely go back to default settings and same old you will be back with a bang! Again! Just like in January 2018 and the previous Januaries before that one.
All hope is not lost though. Whether you decide to make a major change or a minor tweak, there are certain key things you can do to ensure you stick to your goals and resolutions and get the results you want. Here are some 5 things you can do today to be even more ready for 2019:
Set S.M.A.R.T Goals! Set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound Goals for 2019. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Set small, manageable goals that you can live up to. It doesn’t have to be something so drastic. For example, if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, you can introduce healthy alternatives to your daily meal options. This would be better than say, deciding to be a vegan because you ate too much nyama choma in 2018! You can also decide to spend less and save more by joining an investment Chama or participating in the popular 52-Week Savings Challenge.
Get an accountability partner. This is a person or persons who will help you stay on course with your goals and objectives. They could be a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a helpful neighbor. For this to work, it would be even better if you’re both working towards the same goals and objectives.
Acknowledge the progress you made in 2018 and channel that energy and good vibes to grow and do better in 2019. Do not dwell on the size of your accomplishments but on the fact that you managed to accomplish something. Take stock of what you did in 2018 and how you can build up on that and up to it in 2019. If you had started a business, work towards taking it to the next level and expanding it, getting more clients or more outlets.
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart.
This quote just sums it all up so well! Being grateful helps you acknowledge and own up to the processes and experiences that got you to this point. In the same light, avoid comparing your successes and failures to other people’s. We are all on different paths and journeys.
Declutter! Get rid of items and things you don’t use, need or have space for. This fortunately or unfortunately also goes for people! Don’t hold on to relationships or friendships that may have outlasted their season. Make space for people who will grow you ad edify your life this year!
Wishing you all the best in all your undertakings this year, Wise Monkey Family!
Bonus Pointer. Get a jar and a new stick-pad note. For every day of 2019, write a note about something that you accomplished or something that happened that day. Keep the jar closed and kept well throughout the year and open it in the last week of 2019, and look back and marvel at how much you have accomplished in 2019!