New Years is a time of retrospection. Not only is it a time to reflect on our accomplishments and achievements of the past year, but also to look at what we would like to improve about ourselves. I’m the Queen of Resolutions, and I have big plans for 2018. Well, big plans for me, at least.
I want to be healthier, physically and mentally. I want to take a more disciplined approach to writing and creating art.
Years ago, I cracked open a fortune cookie, hoping it was going to tell me that I was going to be rich, travel the world…something exciting. What did I get?
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Ugh. Didn’t like that one. But let’s face it, we all have good intentions and sometimes it seems almost impossible to follow through.
It’s important to choose achievable goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure. I’d love to be super mom, with an amazing, fit body, write that best-seller. The reality? I might follow my diet until January 15th, and I’ll fight the Resolution crowd at the gym until mid February, but then, life gets in the way. It gets too hard.
Unless you adapt your goals to be realistic, and fit into your life, it can be a real challenge to keep your wonderfully good intentions for more than a few weeks. In fact, only about 8% of people actually keep their resolutions.
- Set achievable goals. Is this something that is achievable in your life right now? Can you comfortably fit it in?
- Have a plan. What steps will you take to make it easier to keep your plans? Plan meals and make them in advance? Book a babysitter? Gym buddy? Set a reminder on your phone?
- Stick to it.
- Create a habit.
- Don’t beat yourself up. If you mess up and just have to have fast food or have that cigarette, don’t beat yourself up! Just dust yourself off and try again. Don’t give up!
- Talk about it. Don’t be afraid to tell family and friends your goals and ask them to help you stick to them.
- Find a buddy. The sofa might be comfy but when your walking buddy calls, you feel a sense of obligation to get up and go.
This year, I plan to finish editing that novel. Yes, it’s been years that I’ve been working on it, but I will finally finish it. I will! I plan to return to a ketogenic diet. I plan to paint three times a week. And last but not least, I will sign up for yoga classes! I will blog more. And I will write three short stories.
Next post I will talk about how I plan to fit all this into my day. I want to be successful, and I plan on starting off on the right foot. Are you with me?
What about you? Have you made any plans for 2018? Have you made any resolutions or set any goals?