At this time of year, so many people focus on resolutions…and let’s face it, rarely keep them. Believe me, I have fallen into that category over and over again. This is why I have given up on resolutions. Now, my yearly focus is to be a better person; better than I was in the previous year. This could be by taking small steps or major life decisions. Either way, I do this by creating positive habits that are in line with my goals using my free printable habit tracker.
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Let me know if this sounds familiar…
You start the year by making a resolution to lead a healthy lifestyle. You purchase a gym membership and purge the junk food from your pantry. You go full out for 2 straight weeks, pushing through the struggles even though you feel like you are dying every single day. You think by being all in this time you will succeed, stick to it, be a healthy beast! The day has come and you hop on that scale only to see a slight movement…not at all what you feel it should be. This causes you to make the decision to take the weekend off, at least that’s what you tell yourself…BUT 5 months later you are wondering why you are still paying for a gym membership you no longer use.
In a world where we expect instant gratification, this is where many of us fail in the resolution and change sector of life.
When I started blogging, I heard the phrase that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. THIS is true in so many aspects of life.
As they say, nothing worthwhile comes easy.
It doesn’t happen overnight.
Instead of making resolutions and wishing, hoping, and praying your willpower will carry you through, why not focus on changing habits? Each small habit change can and will become a building block to help you achieve your long-term goals.
What is a habit?
A habit (whether it is a good one or a bad one) is a routine or behavior that is repeated regularly and occurs subconsciously.
Vowing to change or make a new habit is an actionable step that is easily taken and measured by using my monthly habit tracker.
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I’m sure you have some long-term goals in mind. Who doesn’t?
If you’ve read my post, 5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals, you’ve probably even set a few goals down on paper, which is an important step in achieving them.
But how do you achieve those goals?
Writing them down is only the first step. Taking actionable steps and creating and/or breaking habits lead you down the path of success.
Be sure to stop by my goal achieving post and grab my super great goal setting printable. I am going to refer to it in a moment.
Let’s look at some common goals for many of us:
Live a healthier lifestyle.
Build an emergency savings fund.
Earn extra money.
All of these are great goals but how do you achieve them? When you write your goals down without creating steps to move forward, you are not taking the steps necessary to knock them out of the park.
This is where I combine my goal setting printable (shown above) and my habit tracker to make magic happen. You see, I don’t just plan my goals…I slay them!
What do you want to accomplish in life, this year, this month? Write these goals down. Whether they are big or small, they are important to you and deserve your attention.
Let’s take a look at our goal of living a healthier life. What action steps can we take to make this a reality?
Oh! We are on a roll now! All of these actionable steps are habits and that’s where my free printable habit tracker comes in.
On your monthly habit tracker, list your action steps (habits) and track them by checking them off daily.
Ate a healthy breakfast √
Walked 30 minutes √
Before you know it, all of this will become a habit.
By using my free printable habit tracker, you can set positive daily routines and habits bringing you success in achieving your goals. I’m fan of writing everything down, but I know many love having a clickable form. When you grab your habit tracker, you will receive both…so however you want to track is covered.
Here are a few more printables to help you organize your time…
How do you plan to use your monthly habit tracker? Any goals and actions steps that you plan to slay this year? Let me know in the comments.