As the weather stays cold and dreary many are focusing on their disappointments. While it is still early in the year there is already talk of giving up on New Year’s resolutions and losing faith in accomplishing one’s goals.
Instead of capitulating it might be better to take a realistic look at our objectives. Are we taking on too much at once and setting ourselves up for failure? Are we planning well enough to ensure achievement? Is there a “you will never accomplish anything” tape from the past playing in our head?
Here is a possible plan:
- Break down your goal into smaller steps, be specific in your planning and acknowledge your successes as you go along.
- If you would like to exercise daily for an hour, how about starting with 15 minutes twice a week for two weeks?
- If you goal is to write a book, perhaps start by designating a specific 30 minutes twice a week to work on it.
Whatever it is, be creative. You have the power of deciding how you want to do this- break it down, be specific and acknowledge success.
Winter can be restorative. It can be a time to stop, reflect, plan and get ready for the spring that inevitably follows it.