Happy New Years!!
This holiday season was amazing! There is something very special about hanging out with your friends and family and celebrating the love that draws you together. I love experiencing the Christmas spirit through my children’s eyes and feel the child-like excitement that occurs as we wait for the jolly elf in red to arrive. Although, I love that time of year, I am very excited to begin a New Year. I know that every morning, I wake is a good time to change my life for the positive but there is something about a fresh new year, that inspires me to make the leap and actually do it.
Normally, I choose one goal for the year and work towards achieving it. January, I work hard and stick to my goals. As February comes along, I begin to relax my restraint and only participate in the work 50-25% of the time. When March roles around, I’m lucky if I even remember what my goal for the New Year actually was. It’s not that I choose extremely lofty goals that are unattainable, the problem is think to broad!
The Chinese philosopher Lau-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This statement couldn’t be truer when you are in the process of setting goals. The reason so many people fail their New Years resolution is the goal is too big. “I want to loose 100 lbs”, ” I want to earn more money”, etc. Losing 100 lbs is totally doable, but the problem is the time it will take to reach that goal. A better way of setting goals is to break them down into smaller, easier to accomplish goals. This makes them seem more plausible and you will be celebrate tiny successes along the way that will motivate you to continue.
Be SMART about the goals you make:
S pecific – Be specific. Don’t say “I want to lose weight”. Determine what you want to loose and give it a definite number (i.e. 10 lbs).
M easureable – Make it something you measure. Want to exercise 3 times a week? Check it off on the calendar.
A ttainable – Make your goal something that is possible to achieve. I want to make a Million dollars by age 40! Do I really think that I can make that much money in 2 years? Probably not! Hoping to achieve a 1% raise a year is more likely to happen.
R elevant – Make is something that aligns with your lifestyle. If you hate running, don’t set a goal of running a marathon.
T ime- Bound – Give your goal a deadline! Leaving it open ended will not help you to accomplish your goal. If it has a deadline, you have more motivation to stay on track.
This year, I am taking this approach. To start my New Years goals, I have created a list of 5 goals, I hope to achieve and how I hope to achieve it using the SMART principle
- Continue my Keto journey – Back in November, I took the #CleanseCanada #renewlifeChallenge. It was an eye opening experience that helped me reduce weight and feel great. My Goal is to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight by June by losing 1-2 lbs or inches a week.
- Exercise more – A year ago, I was working out daily and feeling great. Since, I have decreased my workout schedule, I have noticed and increase in headaches and muscle pains. My Goal is work out 3 times a week with my TRX trainer.
- Allow myself Personal time – I am a working mom of 3. My life is go, go, go. I have gotten into the habit that every minute of every day must be scheduled. When I don’t have something planned, I feel guilty that I should be doing something else. My Goal is take 2 hours a week for me time. A time where I can indulge hot bath, a book or just plain NOTHING and not feel guilty.
- Travel More– I’ve been bitten by the travel bug! I love seeing new places and experiencing new customs. Sadly, I don’t get a lot of time to do it. My Goal is travel to 2 new places this year. I will book them by September and experience them before the year is over. It may not be far from home, but it will be new to me.
- Do a Pull up – I have no upper body strength. Push ups kill me, lifting weights is a joke and when I tried to do a pull up, I barely even moved. My Goal is obtain 5 full pull ups by the end of the year. I have a pull up board in my bedroom and I will practice daily.
WHAT ARE YOUR NEW YEARS GOALS?