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Getting Back on Track with Your New Year's Resolutions

Ah, New Year's resolutions. We start the year with grand visions, filled with the energy to conquer all our goals. But as January fades and February chills, the initial enthusiasm often weakens, leaving behind a trail of abandoned gym memberships and dusty self-help books.

But fear not, a little detour is nothing to despair about. In fact, it's a perfectly normal part of the change process. Even therapists, who dedicate their lives to helping others achieve their goals, understand the ebb and flow of motivation.

So, before you throw in the towel on your resolutions altogether, let's explore some tips for getting back on track, and make this year your most fulfilling yet.

Acknowledge your humanity

First things first, ditch the self-blame. Let's face it, we're all human. Life throws curveballs, priorities shift, and sometimes, that treadmill just feels too darn intimidating. Accepting that setbacks are inevitable takes the pressure off and allows you to approach your goals with more compassion.

Revisit your "why"

Remember the spark that ignited your resolutions in the first place? Reconnect with that initial motivation. Was it about improving your health, boosting your career, or strengthening relationships? Rekindling that inner fire will reignite your passion and give you the strength to persevere.

Reshape your goals

Maybe your initial resolutions were a tad too ambitious. Don't be afraid to adjust them! Instead of aiming for a daily gym marathon, start with walks three times a week. Or, if mastering Mandarin proved a bit daunting, focus on learning a few basic phrases for your next vacation. Smaller, achievable goals will boost your confidence and keep you moving forward.

Celebrate the small victories

Remember, progress, not perfection, is the name of the game. Acknowledge and celebrate even the tiniest wins. Did you finally make it to that yoga class? High five! Did you resist the urge to hit snooze? Gold star for you! Recognizing your achievements, no matter how small, fuels motivation and keeps you on the path to success.

Here's the secret: change rarely happens overnight. It's a gradual process, a dance of two steps forward, one step back. So, don't get discouraged if you haven't morphed into your ideal self just yet. You're learning, growing, and evolving, and that's something to celebrate!

This journey is yours, and it's okay to have detours along the way. With a little self-compassion, some adjustments to your goals, and the right support system, you can get back on track and make this year your most fulfilling yet.

If you feel overwhelmed about accomplishing your goals, you’re not alone. You can talk to friends, family, or even a therapist. Sharing your struggles and successes can provide valuable encouragement and accountability. Therapists are trained to help you navigate challenges, overcome obstacles, and develop coping mechanisms to stay on track. At Salt River Therapy, our therapists are ready and able to help you through this process. Book a consultation call with us clicking the link below! 


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