Reset. Time to pick those goals back up

Reset: The super simple mindset shifts to turn new year goals to new year realities

January always brings such a feeling of renewal. It just feels like the perfect time for you to dust off the old goals and dreams and go for it this time. But as we enter day 11 (or year three of 2021 the way it’s going), this is about the time when we start to drop the ball on the new habits we would push through to make it happen this time.

I’m guilty too. You skip one day, then two and before you know it a month or two has gone by and you’ve lost energy, momentum and faith that your goal will ever happen. Then you convince yourself that wasn’t really your goal so you give up.

That is just not how this works. A goal has to revived daily.

“Be you transformed by the renewing of your mind..."Romans 12:2

But when it comes to accomplishing your goals, there are just no shortcuts. I was reading a Bible study the other day {if you don’t have the Bible app download! It makes Bible study so easy} , and the devotional shared that when it comes to progress there are no shortcuts. If you want to improve any area of your life you have to pay attention to the small stuff. You have to take one step at a time.

Whew! What a relief. Here are five ways to reset.

  1. Setting a goal is only the first step. Then you have to decide what little step you are going to take to reach your goal every day. Life is going to happen but commit to two little things everyday that are non-negotiables in you moving the needle on your big goal.

  2. Vow not to quit. The January hype can be overwhelming and when things don’t evolve as quickly as we want them to, we are left feeling like our goals will never come to fruition. That’s not true. You can make it happen if you just don’t quit.

  3. Focus on production over perfection. Yes, you should always shoot for the stars. Working out every single day - that’s great. Reading three books a month - stellar. But when we set unrealistic expectations it can be crushing when we don’t make any progress. Don’t try to go from 0 to 60. Focus on progress. Want to increase the number of books you read? Commit to reading three pages a day. Want to get more fit? Don’t cut out all carbs, sugar and meat. Try to eat less sugar by removing from your diet or start with a meatless Monday practice. Regular progress is the goal.

  4. Take time for daily renewal. I am a busy wife, mom and entrepreneur. Most days I don’t have the time or at least for a long time it didn’t feel like I did. But taking the time to reset. To say out loud, I’ m tired and I am going to sit and have some tea. Or walk around your office building. Last year, my hubby got me an Apple watch. I originally wanted it to track my workouts and go hands free to respond to messages. What I didn’t realize is that the reminders to breath or get up and walk around or prompt for calm would be game changers.

  5. Shoot for the stars and you’ll hit the moon. Go for it. Go for your biggest dreams ever! I love a quote by Oprah that says, “Create the grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” You know what? Every dream you have won’t come out exactly as you imagine. And your goals are not likely to unfold precisely as planned. But go for your best and God will meet you and do the rest.

It’s January 12 - your reset on the New Year! What goals will you begin again?

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