Hey guys!! Hope you are all doing well and feeling rejuvenated and joyful from your holiday festivities. I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and I hope you all did too! 🙂 (For those who celebrate of course!) And THANK YOU to everyone who participated in my reader survey. It’s still available just in case you missed it!
I have some ideas brewing for the new year. 🙂
Speaking of new year…with 2017 being just a few days away, I’ve been thinking about how at this time last year I was getting ready to make some “New Year’s resolutions” for myself.
Oh yeah, it’s here again my friends.
Get ready for the annoying Facebook posts about joining “clean eating” challenges, 6 AM runs, or any other type of “self-importance” group. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with joining these groups to give yourself something to work towards, I don’t like the mindset of it being a “resolution.”
Take me for example: At the end of 2015, I still wasn’t happy with where I was in my recovery, so I thought that I could “start over” by going into the new year with some sort of plan to make it better. Sure, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but here’s the thing:
- Making a resolution means only 12 MONTHS to make that change. Not much structure in that.
- New Year’s resolutions put down the previous year as if there was something wrong that you did
That was my thinking exactly!
Now, I have a completely different mindset.
Everything happens for a reason right? So instead of trying to “resolve” something in our lives that we can’t necessarily control, why not follow the ebb and flow of life instead and trust the process?
If you don’t feel that way, that’s okay too. I’m not trying to be preachy or pushy here!
So instead of trying to set a vague goal like “I want to make more money this year”, or something unrealistic like “I want to see the whole world”, here’s what you should do instead. It’s actually pretty simple!
(Thank you for the tips and info, Madelyn!)
Break up your goals into 3’s that you would to see accomplished every 3 months.
Maddy calls it “3 in 3.” These goals can be spiritual, emotional, personal, physical, and financial etc., but also make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T.
What the heck is “S.M.A.R.T?”
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-Based
Start off with something that you want to accomplish from January to March. For example, I want to practice more yoga (physical), have more mindful evenings (spiritual), and publish more posts to my blog (personal).
Then break it down even more:
Practice more yoga:
– I’m already enrolled in a yoga class that meets twice a week
– Lay my mat out in my living room as a reminder
– Get close with my instructor to get tips and feedback
– Set an alarm on my phone every might with the label “meditation time” to remind myself
– Pray more thoughtfully, not just out of habit
– Allow myself to breathe, stretch, and unwind before bed
Publish to my blog 3x per week:
– Schedule posts ahead of time for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
– Have a journal to write ideas down
– Set aside time every day to write, even if it’s 15 minutes
– Get clear on the idea behind the post and what it means to me
– Talk to other bloggers about their tips and tricks
And that’s pretty much it! 🙂 I’ll also write down these goals on a piece of paper and hang it up on my fridge where I can read it every morning.
I will revisit these at the end of 3 months, let go of what didn’t serve me, continue to push myself in the directions that do, and create new goals that might be more applicable to where I am in life at that time.
If you do this 4 times throughout the year instead of trying to do everything at once, this simplified process of goal-setting is WAY better than any vague resolution could ever be.
Now tell me…
- How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions?
- Any New Year’s Eve plans?