Commit to YOU in 2023
There isn’t really a creative or non-cliché way to say “New Year, New You.”
The truth is we often fall short of our new year’s resolutions. Thus, we find ourselves at the beginning of another year, armed with corny attempts not to repeat last year’s disappointments.
How do we make sure 2023 is different than 2022, 2021, 2020, and (you get the point)?
The answer lies in self-motivation, which is defined by Psychology Today as “being driven by a personal desire to set valued goals and to focus on, commit to, and move toward these goals despite obstacles.”
You can think of self-motivation in four parts: goal setting, goal striving, goal juggling, and leveraging social support.
Part 1: Goal Setting
Have you had trouble setting realistic goals? That’s okay. We all have.
One way to set a realistic goal is to set a SMART one. SMART in this case stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. For example, instead of saying, “I want to spend time being creative,” instead say, “I want to set an hour a day to paint and have 4 paintings done at the end of each month.”
If you are being more creative this year, may we suggest trying Cloud 9?
Part 2: Goal Striving
Goal striving is a fancy way of saying sustaining motivation. One really effective way to sustain motivation is to reflect on your achievements because they show how committed you’ve been to your goal. Plus, they promote consistency.
Another effective way to sustain motivation is to learn from negative feedback. Some people will intentionally make mistakes on their way to their goal so that they can understand how to work through them and gain confidence moving forward.
Part 3: Goal Juggling
When we set one big goal like, for example, running a 10K race even though we aren’t runners (or haven’t run in a good amount of time), we often don’t fully comprehend that it’s going to take accomplishing a lot of little goals to achieve the big one.
It’s good to set complementing goals. For example, eating healthy and stretching will help you run better. And that serves the purpose of the overall goal. It’s also crucial to practice patience, as a lot of small goals might come in conflict. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s important to slow things down and “remind yourself the value of your goal” according to Psychology Today.
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Part 4: Social Support
This may sound obvious, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less important: The presence of people increases motivation. So, it stands to reason that if you share your goals with friends and loved ones, you’ll have that extra reason to be true to your word. It’s also true that their encouragement and support can get you through tough times on the way to achieving your goal.
No matter what your goal is in 2023, we are here to support you! CBD can improve your mood, give you energy and focus, and help you get the rest and recovery you’ll need to feel better this year. Good luck!