Happy 2017 guys!! I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve and had a great first day of the New year. 🙂
This NYE was super fun for me. I spent time with my best friends from both high school and college which was awesome! And it was just great to let loose with my friends, I haven’t done that in a while and it felt SO good. Definitely was much needed.
I know with the new year comes a whole lot of resolutions and a gym that’s jam packed. Throw in some new diets and juice cleanses in there and I think that sums up the month of January for ya! I don’t do the whole resolution stuff, but I do like setting goals! I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with goal setting as long as you do it in a healthy way.
I talked about some of my goals on here before, so I don’t want to list them all out again and bore you all. But I do want to focus on healthy ways to set goals, because often times we find ourselves in the black and white mindset. When we don’t achieve a goal, we are failures. And that is not how it should be!
So here are some of my little tips and tricks for setting goals in a healthy way, and I hope they help some of you! 🙂
- Be realistic with yourself. If you’re recovering from an eating disorder, don’t make it a goal to not have any bad body image days for the next month. Because chances are, you will probably not feel too great about yourselves some days. And that’s okay! Instead, change your goal from not having any bad body image days to using your coping skills on bad body image days.
- Don’t set such high expectations on yourself. It’s okay if you slip up. It’s okay if you don’t hit one of your goals for the week. Heck, we’re human!! We are gonna make mistakes. That’s just our nature. Don’t beat yourself up for them. Just keep trying you’re best and realize that is ALL you can do.
- Track your progress. If one of your goals was to stop body checking, write it in your journal when you went through a day without engaging in that behavior. If one of your goals was to become a better runner, keep track of your times. If one of your goals was to get stronger, take a picture of your muscles each week to see your progress! Ya get what I’m saying?!
- Use your goals as motivation! Not as a way to beat yourself up more and tear yourself down if you don’t achieve them. I love having goals because it gives me something to work towards. But if I don’t achieve one of them it’s not the end of the world. It just means it didn’t happen and God didn’t want it to happen! Remember to get rid of that all or nothing mindset. Find the healthy in-between.
- Leave room for yourself to mess up, leave room for yourself to fall down and for setbacks. Don’t expect perfection, because we all know that isn’t attainable.
- Don’t get obsessed with hitting your goals. If you’re goal was to go to yoga once a week and you have a ton of studying and homework to do, do the homework instead of the yoga. Don’t sacrifice other important things in your life (academics, schooling, friend & family time) just to hit your goals!
Be authentic. Your goals are specifically for YOU. Your progress is going to be different than someone else’s progress. Your successes and failures will be different… stay true to yourself. Be honest with yourself. Stay true to your values. If someone’s goal is to lose X amount of pounds, stay authentic to your own beliefs: that does NOT have to be your goal too. Own your beliefs, own your values, own your goals, own who YOU are. That is the most important thing.
Thanks for reading guys! Hope you all have a great first Monday of 2017!
Now tell me:
One goal you have?
What helps you with goal-setting?
Have a lovely day friends!! Sending lots of love <3
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