2015 is right around the corner! I can almost smell the promise of new and exciting things, goals, adventures, and new friends. While I'm aware of the fact, that January 1st is really just another day, I always feel like it is an especially good time to reflect on the past year, think of the things that went well, and those that went terribly wrong. I usually sit down to make some resolutions.
I have some thoughts in resolutions, that I'd like to share with you. Most people keep their resolutions very generalized. You'll hear people say things like, "I want to finally lose weight." or "I want to be a better parent." or "I want to work out more." or "I want to be a cleaner person." These resolutions are doomed from the day you made them.
Think of all of these resolutions as you have them on a list in front of you. Where do you start? And when will you be satisfied with your accomplishments?
Do you see how overwhelming this looks? It is no surprise that so many people don't last past February 1st! How much weight do you want to lose? What can you do to be a better parent? What does it mean to work out more? And what needs to be happen for you to be a cleaner person?
Resolutions need to be goals with a START and a FINISH line, much like your goals at work. They need to be as specific as possible, so you can place a check mark behind them once you've accomplished them. Plus, they need to be reasonable goals.
If you have 50lbs to lose, but you're also doing CrossFit 4 times a week, then maybe it's time to say goodbye to the number 50lbs and turn it into a whole new goal. You may want to choose a pair of jeans you want to fit into. You may choose to lose inches instead of pounds. Muscle weighs more than fat. Tracking your weight loss only may end up being a huge disappointment, as you build muscle.
If becoming a better parent is a goal of yours, then write down what it is you can do to be that person. Does it mean, you want to spend more time with your kids? Do you want to incorporate more play time? Do you want to cook a meal together every other day? Do you want to be more calm in certain situations? How can you accomplish this? Think! Really think about what EXACTLY you need to do to accomplish your goal!
Maybe your goal for the new year is to sleep more! What needs to happen for you to accomplish this? You might simply need to commit to a night time routine. Screens off by 9:30pm, read a book until 10:30pm, meditate, drink a glass of water. Whatever it is, be as specific as possible, so you can actually do this every night before bed.
Resolutions can be a great way to jump start your healthy lifestyle. Just make sure to have an action plan. Then put it up on a wall, a bulletin board, your phone, or wherever you know you'll check relatively frequently. You will love to make your check marks!!
Happy New Year!