Normally I like most things blue, (it is my favorite color), but there is one blue that I’m not a fan of. It’s called Blue Monday.
You see, Blue Monday is the name typically given to the third Monday of the January. It’s reported to be the most depressing day of the year.
The concept of Blue Monday was originated in 2005 by Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using a formula based on factors such as bad weather, debt, time since Christmas and time since failing New Year’s resolutions. (By the way, I’m late to the party, but Happy New Year!)
Okay so let’s flash back to the count down three weeks ago. What promises, er resolutions did you make? Have you been working on them? Or are you feeling blue too?
- Press Reset-Just because you said you wanted to go to the gym 3x a week and you’ve only been once this month, it doesn’t mean you can’t start over. Each and every time. You see when you give up completely, you’ll never hit your goal. But if you keep going and do even one little thing, you’ll get some results. And some is better than none!
- Don’t Go it Alone! Having someone in your corner who will cheer you on, help you get back up when you fall and give you honest feedback will make it so much easier to reach your goal. Find someone you trust to be your trainer, partner or coach. If you need guidance, choose someone for their expertise. If you just need a motivator, reach out to a good friend or colleague and share your goals so they know how to support you.
- Start out Small. A lot of us have a “go big or go home” mindset when it comes to something we’re passionate about. There’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re facing a goal that is a little hairy and audacious, then you may want to start small. Break it down into something more approachable that you can achieve in the short term. Once you hit that “mini goal”, you can then set another short term goal that will bring you one step closer to the big gorilla!
- Write it down! One of the first questions I ask my clients is if they put their goals in writing. If the answer is “no” that is where we start. When you write your goals down, they become real. When they feel real, you are more likely to get them done. Start now, pull out a pen and paper or grab your smartphone and make a list of the things you want to accomplish. Think of the key categories: Health, Wealth, Career, Personal Growth, Family. Make your goals SMART.
- Visualize them. I am a HUGE fan of Vision Boards as powerful reminders of the things we want to achieve. Our brains think in pictures. Scour the internet, grab a magazine, gather up all the pictures you can find that represent your goals. Save them as your screen saver. Print them and put them up on a board at your desk. Keep these visual prompts up in front of you. Your brain will begin to think you’re already doing it and make it easier for you to hit that goal.
- Put some fun into it! It is hard to stay motivated about something that isn’t fun. If your goal doesn’t move you, make you want to jump out of your seat and hit the ground running….get a new goal. How we feel about a goal goes a long way to how likely we are to achieve it. So take a look at your list and get rid of the goals that don’t move you. Plan some fun rewards for when you get them done.
I’d love to hear about your goals and how you’re doing. Drop me a line, comment below or better yet, request a Discovery Session so we can talk live!
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