Staying Motivated in 2017

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With the New Year just beginning and giving us all a feeling of pure relief, I'm sure we are all thinking of ways to maximize our potential in 2017.  While I am a huge advocate for making changes to my life as they are needed, some people prefer to wait until the New Year to start off on a clean slate.  Since we're all friends/ soul sistas here, let's just keep it real for a second.  By January 15th, we typically tend to settle back into our old habits and completely forget about all of our “New Year, New Me Mantras".  When making New Year resolutions, we all genuinely have the best intentions, but it's hard to sometimes see them through.  To offset the idea of resolutions being daunting and tedious, we've compiled a few well-crafted tips to help lead to a happy and productive 2017. 

First and foremost, don’t get overwhelmed with all you want to accomplish in the next 12 months.  Break goals down into more easily digestible pieces and make sure to be specific and set due dates along the way.  For example, we all want to work on our bodies in some way or another BUT Rome was not built in a day and neither were our back rolls. Take baby steps.  Instead of saying “I want to lose 25 pounds by next week”, start off with “I want to work out 2 times a week.” Try to be patient with your body and the results will eventually come.  Also, no shade….but there is no amount of tea that’ll make you look like Teyana Taylor. Save your gas money.

Similarly, whether its weight loss, career goals, or your dating life, aim to focus on 1-2 goals at a time, as to not get overwhelmed.  Once one goal is accomplished, cross it off your list and add another one. As you mark off each completed goal, not only will you feel a sense of accomplishment, but it will reassure you that anything is possible.  In the end, completing each goal will undoubtedly give you more confidence to tackle the next obstacle in your life journey. 

Create a daily, weekly or monthly list of tasks that will help you stay on track and stay dedicated to reaching your goal.  Creating lists help you to have a visual timeline and align your daily activities with meeting your overall goals.

Surround yourself with positive reinforcements that keep you focused.  Your hobbies, books and/or media should all serves as vessels that keep you encouraged and hold you accountable for completing your goals. With that being said, your morning mantras and routine greatly set the tone for your day. Try to wake up to positivity and good energy, i.e. stay off Facebook and Twitter until you’ve at least had your morning coffee and written down your daily tasks.

Last but definitely not least, go into 2017 living YOUR best life.  In the great words of supermodel/catwalk killer Naomi Campbell “DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO ME” ( Iconic Video Here).  A wise friend once told me that "comparison is the thief of joy" and I still hold that statement to be true.  It’s so easy with Instagram and Facebook to get lost in the accomplishments (or lies) of others and feel defeated.  Don’t let the internet detour you from the things that you want out of life.  Focus your energy on creating a life that is worth living, on and off social media.