We set them. We strive for them. We forget them. We promise we’ll pick them back up and do better, and then once again they fall by the way side…
You guessed it: New Year’s Resolutions.
It’s that time of the year when we dust off the goals we set for last year and take them for another spin. While goal setting can be a great way to create meaningful change in your life, sometimes goals create a burden that can even set us up for failure.
However, you CAN set yourself up for success with the right tools to make this year one for the books. Here are some tips on setting New Year’s Resolutions that stick!
1.) Reframe + reword.
Avoiding words with negative connotations will have you operating with a positive mindset. So, if your goal is to eat healthier you should try subbing out “don’t eat sugar,” with “eat a vegetable at every meal.” Less restriction puts the power in your hands. You’re more likely to stick to it in the end.
2.) Find your “why.”
So, you wanna be able to nail five pirouettes effortlessly or kick your face in a battement? If you’ve been on an endless insta-scroll and you’re trying to be like the girls on your feed, you may need to find a new stimulus that fires you up in your pursuit. Take a moment and journal out your goals. Then, figure out your why – we guarantee it has less to do with aesthetic and more to do about your passion, drive and vision for your dance career. Thinking of your goals this way will give you a clear trajectory for accomplishing them… You’re the one on the journey, after all!
3.) Create small shifts.
Sometimes goals are so large and far out that they simply feel unattainable. Take a moment to make a list of the little steps along the way that are required to make your resolutions a reality. It could be day-to-day objectives or even projects that take weeks. Set a timeline, create a checklist and get groovin’.
4.) Cut bad habits + make good ones.
The cycle of breaking NYR’s is a vicious one. When you run into setbacks and keep hitting the same roadblocks, it’s time to take a step back and change the game plan. Put preventative measures in place in your areas of weakness. It takes 21 days to break a habit, so stick with it!