Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017! I was sitting around today thinking of what I wanted to write about as people are getting ready to set new goals for the year. I decided to talk about how not to set up your resolutions so you can set yourself on the right track towards what you truly want for the year ahead.
It’s easy to pick out resolutions that we see others choosing or that we think we SHOULD do but just like everything in life, there isn’t only one way to decide what you want to accomplish in your life this year.
So here we go, here’s what NOT to do when setting your resolutions for this year:
- Pick your goals based on something your friend is doing – just because it is their goal doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. If you truly think it will keep you motivated to work together towards the same goal then go for it but make sure it’s something you really want to do first.
- Decide on a new huge goal that doesn’t fall under your top 3 priorities. If your goals don’t line up with what’s most important to you – you probably aren’t going to make the time to stick with them.
- Decide on a weight loss goal because you weighed xyz # in high school or college and you want to get back to that. It’s totally normal to mourn our previous bodies during the “prime” of our lives but why can’t this be a new prime of your life? Learn to appreciate your body and how it has changed over time and focus more on health, strength, and how you want to feel. Believe me, the same numerical amount of weight can look totally different on the same person just 5-10 years later.
If you are still having trouble deciding what resolutions you want to accomplish this year – take a few moments and write down 5 adjectives to describe how you want to feel in your daily life. That should drive those resolutions and give you a vision for your goals and year.
I will be doing a free 7-day goal setting workshop starting January 9th if you are looking to set goals that align with your priorities and figure out small daily action items that you can be doing to get there. The daily assignments for the group shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes of your day. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.