#1. Make a list of things that will bring you joy and happiness in the New Year
Do you find yourself feeling happier when you have something exciting to look forward to, like a holiday?
According to experts, this is because we tend to have stronger emotions about future events than past ones.
Thinking about something new and exciting can also help us stay motivated.
And, the anticipation of a reward can actually help us be more disciplined and practice delayed gratification.
“Anticipation implies a future reward, and rewards are powerful motivators,” says therapist LeNaya Smith Crawford said. This is because when you know you will be rewarded, you’re motivated to accomplish those tasks you may not want to complete.
“Anticipation also creates discipline,” Smith Crawford adds. “It helps with delayed gratification. This teaches us that if we can be patient, a greater experience — or reward — is upon us.”
So next time you're feeling down, try to think about something fun and exciting coming up in the future.
It could be just the boost you need to stay on track and reach your goals.
#2. Create a theme for each month to focus on.
3. Create a personal mission statement to help you stay focused and motivated.
A personal mission statement is a powerful tool that can help you stay focused and motivated on your health journey.
Whether you're trying to lose weight, eat healthier, or improve your overall wellness, a mission statement can help you clarify your values and goals, and make decisions that align with them.
By declaring your mission and living it every day, you can stay on track and avoid distractions that might derail your progress.
But creating a meaningful mission statement takes some thought and reflection.
To get started, try answering these questions: what is important to you when it comes to your health, where do you want to go in terms of your fitness and well-being, what does "the best" look like for you in terms of your body and health, how do you want to act and make choices that support your health, and what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind in terms of your health and wellness?
Once you have your personal mission statement, you can start living it and focusing on the things that matter most to you.
Make this year your best year
While New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition, they may not be the most effective way to set and achieve personal goals.
If you're looking for alternatives that will help you stay motivated and on track, consider making a list of things that will bring joy and happiness in the new year, creating a theme for each month to focus on, and developing a personal mission statement.
These approaches can help you clarify your values and goals, build discipline and delayed gratification, and stay motivated on your journey towards a healthy and fulfilling life.