If you made new year’s resolutions on New Year’s Day and haven’t yet started on them, a day later, it may be that you picked the wrong thing to change. The same consideration applies any time you take on a goal, and a day or more goes by with no action toward the goal itself. It makes sense to look at the obstacles that are getting in your way and pick one of those as the focal point of your efforts.
- If you didn’t start on your new year’s resolution because you were tired and didn’t feel like it, make it your goal to improve your health so that you have more energy to put into your goals. You might do this, for example, by exercising, eating better food, meditation, breathing, and visualization.
- If there was too much going on for you to focus on the goal you chose, choose instead to improve your mental focus so that you are not so easily distracted from the things you want to do. Meditation, breathing, and visualization can help with this also, as can removing clutter from your immediate surroundings and reducing the demands of your daily routine.
- If you don’t have enough money to tackle your new year’s resolution effectively, then take on the goal of increasing your income or becoming more conscious about your spending.
- If a goal seems meaningless when you look at it just one day later, you may need to build momentum by working on and completing much smaller goals, one after another.
Don’t think of obstacles as points of failure, but as guideposts. Whatever obstacles you might have encountered, they point you toward the most immediate improvements that you can make in your life. Pick just one obstacle, the one that seems the most important or the one that you are most eager to address right now, and make solving that particular problem your new year’s resolution. Addressing the obstacles that come up immediately when you take on a goal will help you not just with that one goal, but with all the goals you might take on later.
Whatever you do, don’t put off taking action just because you’ve come upon an obstacle. Change direction if you must, but get going — and keep going.