Why You Should Start Your New Years Resolutions Now
start your new years resolutions now
Don't get me wrong. I totally get that New Year's resolutions can be clarifying and flipping to a new calendar year can be super motivating. But WHY should we have to wait until the end of the year, when we're totally pooped from the holiday season, to start working toward what we want?
That's why I'm not waiting until December to launch our 2022 LSF #GOALS Planner. With it, you can start setting -- and crushing -- your goals today.
Why goals matter
What's the big deal with goals, anyway? And why is it important to start your new years resolutions now?
They do three really important things if you're trying to make any kind of change.
They give you clarity. In order to set a goal, you have to think about what you want -- and how you're gonna get there. It can take you from "I want to feel better" to "I want to get active for 30 minutes and drink at least 65 ounces of water each day."
They motivate you. From a psychology perspective, goals are enough to help you trigger new behaviors, moving you toward the change you want to make. They're basically a way to put a little pep in your step as you head in the right direction.
They help you focus. Once you set a goal, you basically give yourself a recurring reminder. It's a little thing, but it's a little thing that can help you make the little changes that add up to big results.
And all of that is why I don't love setting your goals at the end of the year. During and after the holidays, your brain might be a little foggy from too much sugar and alcohol, hurting your clarity. And you're probably exhausted, so motivation is def a problem. You might push through to focus, but it probably won't last long.
Want proof? Most people who set New Year's Resolutions don't even make it to February. They legit give up by January 19!
Kinda depressing, right? But I have a way you can break through those challenges for a seriously great 2022.
Start your new years resolutions now
Don't wait until the year's end to start setting your goals. Set aside some time to do some daydreaming. What do you really want in your life? What would your perfect 2022 look like?
From there, set your macro goals. These are the big goals that might take you a year to knock out. Dream as big as you want, because I'm gonna help you take those major goals and make them manageable.
Then break them into micro goals
Once you have your macro goals written out, it's time to start figuring out how you're going to accomplish them.
For that, I use micro goals. Basically, that means taking your big goals and breaking them down into little, bite-sized pieces.
Let's say your macro goal is to lose 10 pounds. That's going to take some time. In fact, it might take long enough that you could lose your motivation and focus.
But if you break that macro goal down into one-pound increments, everything changes. Suddenly, you have really management steps you can make in the direction you want.
What I really love about micro goals is that they help you fall in love with the process. Because you feel like you're continually making progress, you'll be a lot happier on the way to your macro goals.
And use your #GOALS Planner
Real talk: you could write out your macro and micro goals on a piece of paper or a Word document. But I've found that finding a more fun way to capture and track your goals -- and your progress -- can help you stay motivated.
And that's why you know I had to make another #GOALS Planner for 2022!
Not only is it super cute and fun, but it also gives you a focused place to track your goals, plus a whole bunch of resources to help you along the way.
My 12-month #GOALS planner includes:
Yearly, monthly, and weekly views
Three pages of fun stickers
Insanely inspirational monthly artwork and motivational notes from me
2021 reflection and 2022 goal-setting workbook pages, including a monthly macro and micro goal-setting guide
A monthly gratitude journal
Healthy living resource pages, including the best foods to detox and de-bloat
DIY self-care life face masks and essential oils
Stretches for PMS
Extra notes pages you can use however you want
A manifestation guide
A super cute design (if I do say so myself)
I know, it's a lot!! My whole thinking is that if I can make your planner something you look forward to using, you're a whole lot more likely to keep checking in with those #goals. And that makes you more likely to stick with them.
Getting started now means you'll have lots of time to really think through your goals, both macro and micro, and set yourself up for success. Plus, I mean, there's no reason you need to wait til 2022 to start using those stickers or DIY recipes!
Goals are SUCH a big part of what makes our LSF community so powerful and successful. I'm so excited to hear about your goals for the rest of 2021 and 2022!