Within Reason The first step to making your resolutions work is picking something reasonable. Setting goals that are unrealistic are likely to fail and only result in anxiety and frustration. Make sure that you think your goals through and make choices that will work without a herculean effort. Be honest with yourself and choose wisely.
Go Long When Making new goals its important to think long term. Most short term resolutions fizzle out quickly and wind up in the trash-heap of broken promises to ourselves. Instead, we need to commit to more permanent adjustments. Huge changes made too soon can not only be extremely difficult but can also be unhealthy. Even if we get to our goal we will likely bounce right back to where we started before long. It’s best to think of more permanent changes to our lifestyle to make these work.
Make a Plan Aspirations are useless without a plan to make them work. Usually that means looking at the calendar and mapping out a weekly or monthly routine for ourselves. Setting milestones and smaller goals throughout the year will help to insure forward progress.
Process Not Product Once you have an idea about what your goals are...forget them. That is to say that you should begin to focus on the process of getting to your goals instead of thinking about the end results. Staying committed to the stuff that will get you there is the key to getting there. If you ever feel like your progress is stalled, recommit to the process and make adjustments if needed.
Parents and Partners Most of the responsibility for making progress that happen for children falls on their parents. They are the ones who must provide the opportunity, means, and routine for younger students to learn the martial arts. They must also be cheerleaders and help kids process the lessons learned in the dojo in a positive light. Similarly, partners should understand the value of training for their loved one, and that it will usually benefit them indirectly, too. A good support network at home is invaluable for a students to persevere and thrive in their martial arts experience.
Keep it fun Our chances of success with any resolution increase if we keep things light and fun. Stay positive about your goals and the progress you’re making. Try to keep your thoughts positive at the beginning of each day and throughout. Your mindset is the key to your happiness and well-being. Don’t forget to insert a cheat day into your routine, but keep that reasonable too and avoid undoing your hard earned progress with it.
So, set some goals and SMASH them...and have an amazing new year in 2023!