“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.”- Oprah Winfrey
January is the beginning of many new things – a new year, new school semester, and a new you! If you’re like most ladies and have been waiting for an opportunity to change an area in your life like eating healthier, starting a new hobby, doing volunteer work, going back to school, the list can literally go on and on. Although you can make changes in your life at any time, many people find that the start of a new year is the easiest and most convenient time to incorporate a new routine in their lives. Even if you’re already perfectly content with your life, it’s a good time to evaluate yourself and your life and see if you want to make some small changes to your daily routine or make some new goals. Miss Millennia is all about inspiring you to be your very best, showing you lovely ladies what you’re capable of, and helping you in making this world a better place!
So, where do you start? Allow me to give you some quick tips so that 2012 is one of your best years yet!
- Review your current goals or identify new goals. You might not be aware of any goals that you currently have, many people just sort of work on auto-pilot and just go off of a mental checklist and don’t really view those things as goals, but they are! Make sure your goals are realistic and can be incorporated into your life. You don’t want to make a goal of learning a foreign language, but take 21 units and working part-time, as it’s not very likely that you’re going to have the time or energy to commit to such a goal. Go easy on yourself, pick goals that are doable. Studies show that people are much more likely to get things done when goals are clearly identified and written down. For example, you want to cut down on your credit card debt and start saving for a new car; so you review your current financial situation, figure out your monthly bills, identify what extras you can eliminate from your routine, and make a budget.
- Write down your goals and plans. How are you going to achieve your goals? Do you have any barriers preventing you from reaching your goals? Make an outline and a guide you can refer to in case you get off track from being busy with the million other things going on in your life.
- Visualize yourself reaching the goals. Many schools of thought recommend visualizing yourself reaching the goal to make it more meaningful and achievable to you. This trick is often recommended for those who want to eliminate a bad habit also.
- Set mini-goals or due dates for yourself so that you don’t just have 1 long-term goal in mind with no roadmap on how you’re going to achieve that goal. Document progress and perhaps even reward yourself for reaching a milestone. For example, if you’re looking to run your first marathon and you give yourself three weeks to run three miles non-stop. When you achieve that mini-goal, treat yourself to a new sports bra or something related or helpful to reaching your goal.
- Enlist the help of aids in reaching your goal. If you’re looking to lose weight, take advantage of apps on your smartphone and use a calorie and exercise tracker to keep tabs on your progress and to keep you accountable. .
- Revel in your success! You did it! Or even if you didn’t quite reach your goal by the time you set for yourself, it’s okay, you can keep going or start over. Even if you only got to #1 and just thought of things you’d like to do, I commend you! You have to start somewhere and sometimes life throws curveballs at us. Not everything can be done according to plan. It is never too late to integrate new, healthy habits into your life and if you tried, you know you’re capable of getting there! Just don’t give up if it’s something really important to you – keep at it and it will happen. I believe in you!
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to read about them!