Happy New Year y’all! It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. The new year always brings a plethora of feelings for me. Some sad as another year has come and gone. As I age, they seem to fly by faster. But then there is always New Year’s Day filled with possibility and inspiration for a fantastic year ahead. There is a saying (on a beach t-shirt maybe!) “We count our life in memories and moments, not in days” This saying is part of the reason I do not make New Year’s Resolutions! I want to enjoy the memories and moments of my life. Resolutions feel overwhelming to me. Like the scope of a year, resolutions are large and daunting and I just never complete them. This overwhelmingness is why I choose to make goals not resolutions each new year!
I know what you are thinking. Aren’t goals and resolutions pretty much the same thing? Maybe, but I find a HUGE mental difference for myself personally. A resolution is what I am resolving to do (which I eventually give up), but a goal is breaking down that resolution into smaller action steps. With a goal, I have a plan that I find has a much better success rate. All of my goals have led me on a memorable journey to complete them. This, in my opinion, is much better than the overwhelming guilt of resolution failure in March!
First, you need to find your theme (ex: “Limit Screen Exposure”). Then break that heading into small, manageable, actionable goals. I choose a total of 6 goals to complete in the year. My ultimate intent is to make these actions become habitual resulting in positive change in my daily life. According to Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, it takes a minimum of 66 days to create a new habit (read more here). My goals are small so switching every other month works well for me and is the key for this system to work. Making your goals too large turns them back into resolutions which will require more willpower to keep. And nobody has time for that![clickToTweet tweet=”Do you want to make #2017 your best year? Make goals not #resolutions & soar to success” quote=”Do you want to make #2017 your best year? Make goals not #resolutions & soar to success”]
Let’s Make Goals Not Resolutions
If you have decided to give this a try with me, yell “Woohoo”! This method honestly changed my life helping me to make so many positive steps over the last two years. I am excited to be sharing my personal goals for 2017 and would love if you join me! This year, I will continue my “Increased Wellness” theme from last year. However, I am throwing in a twist. Each goal will have something to take away and something to add in. Get rid of a negative and increase with a positive! Here’s my plan:
Goal 1: January/February
Remove Remaining “Convenient” Plastics | Add Homemade Fermented Foods
Goal 2: March/April
Remove Worry & Guilt | Add A Small Space Garden
Goal 3: May/ June
Minimize EMF Exposure | Add An Additional 15 minutes of Yoga/Meditation A Day
Goal 4: July/August
Remove Excess “Social” Screen Time | Add More Tonic Herbs Daily
Goal 5: September/October
Remove Excess Caffeine | Add Gluten-Free Baking Skills
Goal 6: November/December
Remove Excuses | Add More Affirmations For Self & Others
These goals are where I am with my journey. They may or may not work for you but the principle is still the same. Your heading could be “Lose Extra Weight” and each month you remove one weakness and add one healthy item. Or maybe you want to “Declutter Your Home” and each month you take a section of the house to clean, declutter, and organize. Whatever you want to accomplish, be sure to turn it into attainable goals. This may just be the year your resolutions come true!
Are you going to make goals not resolutions this year? Will you be joining me or do you have goals of your own? I would love to know your plans as you head into 2017. Leave them in the comments below!