What New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s a surefire way to start now and never look back.

We have just crossed into March. That means the first 60 days of 2020 have passed. Are you still on track with those goals? Are you still taking action to reach, achieve, and exceed those goals? If you are, congratulations and keep on going! You are most likely in the majority at this point in the year. For most people, somewhere between the start of the year, and just 8 weeks or less later, those goals and actions took a backseat to everyday life and have by now all but disappeared.

If you are one of the many who have lost sight of those goals you so eagerly set at the start of the year, do not despair. There is no need for the guilt, the negative self talk and brow beating we tend to give ourselves when we don’t finish what we started.

The above quote sums it up. What is in the past is done. What lies ahead today and what you can do now is all that matters. True, this may not be the first of the month, or a Monday, but so what. These are arbitrary rules that we tell ourselves. Today is the day, whether you use it to plan out the rest of the week, or you use it to actually act upon a plan, you are still moving forward.

There is no goal too large. Any goal will take time and the key is that every goal must be broken down into smaller, more practical, and most importantly sustainable and achievable steps. No goal begins at the end. There is no one action in any goal that equals completion, but rather every action will build upon the last to lead to completion. Your goals are challenges. You must work to become the person you need to be in order to achieve them. When you are standing at the bottom of the mountain, you are more than capable of putting one foot in front of the other and climbing to the top. However, you cannot reach the top with just one step. Every step completed does count as it is a necessary part of the journey to reach the top.

So now what? What can you do today to start or to get back on track? The time that has passed is gone. It is wasted energy to dwell on it. Today is the day to act. You may be starting over, or starting behind where you left off. It is not the day to think you are going to do everything. You are going to do something, one thing and see it through before days end.

Here is a few action steps you can take right now.

  1. Write it down. Whatever you can do today, write it down. This serves not only as a visual for you, it is also an accountability tool. Even if it is something as simple as “pack my gym clothes for the morning,” or “Buy ingredients for tomorrow’s lunch.” Before your day ends, be sure that you have completed this task. Do not make an excuse that this doesn’t get done.
  2. Plan a block of time to complete that one task. Whether it takes 15 minutes or 2 hours, block out a specific time in your day right now. Mark it in your calendar, planner, phone, whatever you use to schedule your days. Then at that time, whether you feel like it or not, execute that task and finish it. A quick word on scheduling. I do this at the start of any given week. I schedule my tasks, workouts, appointments, etc and then I hold myself to them and do not cancel or let other things get in their way. However, you must also be flexible. There are times where family obligations, unexpected events will take precedence over your best plans. That happens. Make every effort to simply adjust your task to another time slot that day or the next day so that the work still gets done. It is not ok to think, for example, “I was going to workout after work, but instead my friends want to go to happy hour. Oh well, I can start next week. That is not good time management or accountability.
  3. Track your progress. Every time you complete an action towards your goal, record it. It makes it easier to track your progress as you move forward, and it is very rewarding in the near future to look back and see how much you have done, how consistent you have been, and where you are now vs. where you started.

The time to start is now. You can’t go back in time and make up what was missed, but you can start now and keep moving forward.

Be an #EverydayWarrior. Start today. Don’t look back.