It’s a new year. You may be resolved to be a new you. Which is awesome. You rock. But may we offer a suggestion? Break down those goals. Break them wayyyy down. Into little, tiny baby steps. You want to make 2019 the year you get healthy? Perfect! Think about exactly what that means. Is it food? Physical activity? Mental health? Getting enough ZZZZs? (Side note, your personal health should include ALL of these things – food and physical activity aren’t the only pieces to the puzzle.)
Think about teeny, tiny behaviors that support your health and resolve to focus on one a day or one a week or one a month. Tiny goals do two things for us – they create actual habits, and they fuel success. On average, only about 8% of Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions. EIGHT PERCENT! Changing our behavior is hard. We know it, and we get it. When we tackle too much at once, we often set ourselves up for failure. Set small, achievable goals along the way to set yourself up for long-term success. A little success leads to more success, which eventually leads to achieving those really big goals.
Set a goal. Achieve it. Make it a habit. Move onto another goal. Here are a few ideas if your focus is your health this year:
- Drink zero sugary beverages for a week. Water is ah-mazing friends!
- Eat breakfast. You know it’s the most important meal of the day!
- Only eat out once a week. Save moolah and calories!
- Make a meal plan. We know how stressful that last minute, “What’s for dinner?!?” is.
- Try a new recipe. Play with your food, we promise it’s fun!
- Eat a green vegetable every day. Or red, or orange…just eat those fruits and veggies!
- Try a physical activity you’ve never tried. Find what YOU like!
- Call a friend and have a laugh. It truly is the best medicine (hello stress relief!)
- Try a new hobby. We have to find those outlets!
- Commit to 8 hours of sleep every night for the next week. Sleep, also ah-mazing!
And just for fun, check out the calendar at the bottom of this page for 30 days of tiny goals.
Real life from Jill: I’ve decided 2019 is all about my mental health. One of my BIG goals to reduce stress is to get organized and declutter my house. If I think about doing this to my whole house, it makes me want to curl up in a corner in the fetal position. It’s overwhelming. So how am I breaking it down? By cabinet. Not even by room! One little cabinet at a time. I know when I do one cabinet, I’ll feel successful. And the next day, I’ll do another. And another. Tiny, baby steps to achieve one of my biggies for 2019. I’ll keep you posted!
Cheers to making 2019 your best year yet!