Recommit to Excellence: Your 2017 Goals in Review

If you kicked off the new year committed to lose 10 or 50 pounds, stay sober, quit smoking, or do something amazing to get your mental and physical health to a more optimum level and then continued maintaining the status quo, you’re not alone. It is estimated that only 8 percent of people who make resolutions in January manage to keep them.

The good news is that May is National Recommitment Month and a great opportunity to review your goals from the new year, your last birthday, or your last sober birthday. Then, figure out the best path forward to boost your health and wellness, and reconnect with your recovery, to join the 8 percent.

Here’s how:

  • Remember your goals. What was it that was at the top of your priority list when you were making goals? What were you feeling should be changed at that time? Are those issues still present? Write it all out and make a list.
  • Consider changes. If you committed to quitting smoking and didn’t make it happen in the first few months of the year, then that goal is still viable and should be at the top of your list. But if your goal was to work on your marriage and you have since filed for divorce, or if you resolved to completely renovate your backyard and you have since moved to an apartment, it may be time to create some new positive goals.
  • Make a plan. With your resolution in mind, write your goal at the top of the list and then work your way back to where you are today with a plan. For example, if your goal is to enroll in a certificate program to improve your skills as a firefighter, then you might include getting recommendations, talking to other people who have completed the program, filing out applications, and/or saving up for your plan.
  • Connect with a group. If you can connect with other people who share your goals — a quit smoking group, a weight loss group, or a PTSD support group — then you will improve your odds of reaching your goal. Others will hold you accountable, share your ups and downs, and encourage you to stick with it when you want to give up.
  • Schedule it in. If your goal includes creating a new habit, like going running a few times a week or reading a book every month, then block out the time for you to engage in that new habit on your calendar, and stick to it.
  • Track it. As you move toward your goal, keep track of your progress, checking things off your to-do list and/or making note of your progress along the way.
  • Reassess. Every couple weeks, take a look at the progress you have made and assess what is working and what isn’t. For example, if your goal is to make healthier eating choices but you just cannot get up early before work to make breakfast, then make time to make a healthy breakfast for yourself the night before and set yourself up for success.
  • Ask for help. If you are having a hard time reaching your goal, then find someone to assist you. For example, if your goal is to stop using drugs or alcohol, and you find that you cannot do it on your own, don’t wait to reach out to a professional treatment program for assistance.

What goals will you recommit to this month?

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