Are you starting to wonder how you're going to execute all your New Years' resolutions? The list is starting to get long and how in the heck will you find the time to do it all! Sometimes we need to be reminded of what it takes to make our goals a reality. When your "why" is strong enough, the "how" will become easy!
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Here are my favorite tips to get inspired this year - so you have a purpose behind your passions!
Find A Role Model: It doesn't need to be a celebrity or popular figure - this person could be a teacher, friend, family member, coworker, whoever! Find someone who has a vision for the future and is actively working towards their ultimate goals. Associating yourself with a role model sets a positive example for achievement and keeps you grounded in your ambitions!
- Move On From The Past: Let it go! As long as you've learned the lessons which can be gathered from previous life experiences, you're on the road to moving forward with your future.
- Learn Something New: You can always make time to try out a craft, hobby, or practice expanding your horizons in different ways - no excuses. Even try asking someone about a part of their life that's deeper than surface-level: connecting with people can open you up to greater knowledge!
- Abandon Doubts: Whether it comes from inside you or from others, it's important to focus on what drives you without being held back by hesitation or fear.
- Celebrate Achievements: Reward yourself for overcoming obstacles and reaching goals. You deserve it! And don't be afraid to share your personal successes with others - anyone who's bothered by you being proud of accomplishments is not a person who will help you grow and be the best version of yourself, and you may find that there are people out there who can help you get even further in life!
Refresh, Restart, Repeat
Making lifestyle edits takes practice, trial, and error - so don’t give up if you haven’t exactly followed through with your plans so far! These are my favorite tips for staying on track and getting back to business when the vows you gave yourself on the 1st may have gotten behind.
It’s important to feel mentally prepared when establishing new goals and habits, and even simple gestures of self care can make a world of difference when it comes to how you feel on a daily basis!
When was the last time you really pampered yourself? And I’m not talking about doing some grooming when it becomes super necessary! I’m talking hair mask, face mask, bubble bath, steam shower, whatever it is that helps you feel nice and glowy! Set aside a morning, day, or night out of your week to focus on “me time.” You might be surprised about how much you’ll end up looking forward to this brain vacation! And making time for yourself translates into making time for accomplishing tasks and goals. My favorite product for feeling fresh is a mint face mask that I can’t live without - I always set aside time 1-2 nights a week to do my mask and full skin care routine, which helps me feel cleansed and renewed when I wake up the next day!
When was the last time you actually followed through with what you’ve been meaning to do for a while?
You can start by cleaning out your refrigerator and pantry of old or unwanted items - eliminate unhealthy foods from the mix and stock up on fresh groceries! Easy snacks are important for those days when you feel like you might not make, or have, the time to eat a balanced diet.
Another thing that makes me feel like I’m getting a fresh start is organizing my work spaces! A tidy living and working environment can make your mind feel less cluttered and more free for creative inspiration. Also, clean surroundings can be less distracting and help you stay on track with your goals for the day, week, month, or year! Try cleaning up your computer by sorting documents into folders and de-cluttering your desktop; find a new wallpaper that makes you smile or feel motivated; bookmark playlists that put you in the mood to focus on a task at hand.
Find a fun journal or planner that’s organized in a way to help you stay goal-oriented and write things down! Get some new pens and pencils and feel excited about crossing things off your list and jotting down new goals when you think of them. Try to think a few days ahead - that way you’ll have a plan for the future which makes following through with your plans seem more tangible!
Tomorrow is a new day, and so is the next day! Waking up in the right frame of mind can really set the tone for getting along with your intended goals.
For example, I recently purchased an alarm that allows me to wake up gradually rather than relying on my phone to alert me when the day has started - this way I’m not tempted to waste time or energy flicking through a lit screen in front of my face, but rather make the time to open up my planner and see what’s on the agenda or take down new thoughts, read a bit of a book, do some stretches, and eat a good breakfast.
How to Effectively Manage Your Time
Do you ever feel like you have a thousand things to do and no idea how on earth you’re going to complete it all? It’s so easy to start doing the irrelevant, simple stuff first because it’s easy to check off your to-do list but then you realize you haven’t gotten to the most pressing tasks. So how do you know which projects to focus on and which not to so that you can effectively manage your time?
Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix
Stephen Covey’s matrix is a great way to decide what to do with each of the items on your to-do list. Here’s the matrix summarized:
- Urgent & Important: do it first
- Non-Urgent & Important: schedule it out
- Urgent & Not Important: delegate it
- Not Urgent & Not Important: throw it out
Understand yourself so you know what to say no to
Say no to the little things that suck your time and don’t add to your energy. If a task or invitation is not in your best interest and doesn’t help you work towards your goals (personal or professional) SAY NO!
Optimize your energy
Make sure you are taking care of your body by eating right and exercising often. Frequently, when we are overwhelmed and feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, the first things to go are eating right and exercising. People will instead go for the fast food or processed food because it’s quick and easy and they’ll opt to not workout to save an hour in the day. But I have the perfect solution for you so you don’t have to do any thinking. Join the BTES APP where I give you what to eat and an in-home workout for every day of the month so you can generate as much energy as possible!
Check your mindset
In order to prioritize your tasks and get them done efficiently, it’s vital to have a good mindset and to not be overwhelmed.
Creating New Habits
There’s no right or wrong time to start a new habit apart from starting today is the best thing to do! If you want to see different results, you can’t keep doing the things you’ve always done. Your life is a product of all the large and small habits you create, so if you want to make a difference and see results you must change the habits that are not helping you get what you want with new ones that will.
Here are some steps to change a habit that is not serving you:
The first step in changing any behavior or habit is first understanding what you’re doing (or not doing) that may be holding you back. What is something that you do that you might not even be noticing that is holding you back?
CREATE A MEASURABLE GOAL
Make an action plan to achieve the habit or behavior you’re working to change. Make sure these steps are measurable so you can track your progress. For example if your new habit is to workout, how long will this be for and how many days a week? Then you can go back and see if you achieved it.
When changing a habit or creating a new one, it’s important to remember to start making changes slowly. For instance, if you want to create a good morning routine instead of doing everything at once, start by getting up at your desired time. Once you’ve mastered that, you can implement new things like listening to a podcast, journaling, or meditating.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Changing a habit is hard work and requires trial and error. You won’t get it perfect and it’s important to stay positive and keep going. You can’t fail if you just don't quit.
2022 is going to be an AMAZING year, I can already feel it! I hope these tips will give you the tools you need to be inspired to start the year off strong and keep that momentum up during the tough times.
See you on the next live workout!