It seems that more and more the idea of making New Year resolutions is taboo, it seems that every other article I’m reading right now is anti the “New Year, New Me” mantra.
I personally don’t get that. I am a goal setter from way back. To me, making a new goal is like lighting a little burner that sits way down inside me. Without goals, or a purpose if you will, I feel listless with no direction or motivation. Even if I don’t reach my goal I don’t let that get me down too much, goals are not always meant to be reached. If something is truly important to you then there should not be an end time frame. For some goals, of course you can have an end in mind, for example: this week I will not gossip or say anything negative. The end time to that is one week. Then you can do it again or tweak it a little bit. But your life goals may not be so easily reached.
To me, goals that are easily reach within a short amount of time are important in building the life you want or becoming the person you want to be, but life goals will (obviously) be life changing. If your life goal is easily reached then it wasn’t big enough.
I make resolutions and goals throughout the year, without a constant game plan I’m not sure where I’d be. To some, that may sound tiring but to be its exciting. I am addicted to that feeling you get when you have a new goal, to that feeling you get when you realize that you are THAT much closer to your goal because you’re doing something about it. And of course, nothing is more rewarding than when you accomplish a goal, especially when it’s a big game changing goal.
I love New Years, so much that I think that it’s actually becoming my favorite holiday. We very rarely go out on New Year’s Eve, I’ve always felt that ending and beginning a New Year should be done with those you love, to me it sets the tone for the whole year. This year I rang in the New Year in bed with a migraine, but instead of thinking that this is a sign of how my year is going to go, I choose to let it be motivation of how I don’t want to end up next year. Ok, I get that we don’t always have control over migraines, etc, but I do feel that my lifestyle leads to the amount of migraines I’ve been getting. My food choices – which has been everything and anything for the last few months, causes me to get headaches. Lack of exercise and movement causes me to get headaches. I know that stress also causes them, I think this week it started due to stress (we almost got robbed at work and that started the light pounding in my head), followed by chocolate – I never eat chocolate because 99% of the time it gives me a migraine, and this time was no exception.
New Years is becoming my favorite holiday because it’s the beginning of a new slate. Of course it’s always a little sad putting another year behind you, everyone is a year older and if you have kids, it’s another year with them that you can never get back. That is the sad part. But the exciting part is whipping your slate clean, take the highlights of your previous year and tuck them into your heart as you move on to your next chapter. A new year is a new opportunity where anything can happen!
So no, I don’t get why so many people are anti New Year resolutions. I think it’s because they are tired of letting themselves down when they fail, but who cares if you fail? Get up and try again! Tweak your resolution if you need to, remember that you’re doing it for YOU, and you are worth fighting for.
With that said, here are my resolutions for the year:
- Lose 100+ lbs. I always have health and fitness goals, it’s my #1 motivator – I love it! I got off track in October when we were in Hawaii and haven’t been able to get back on track since. I am officially getting back on track starting Monday. Low(er) carb, Shakeology, no added sugar, no white carbs, limited dairy and gluten.
- Exercise – my goal is to exercise 5-7 days a week, but if I’m slacking, and I very well may be, then I will not go more than 2 days without exercising – which means 3 days a week minimum.
- Drink 100 oz of water day. This is a goal, not a must. No need to beat myself up if I don’t do this.
- To close a minimum of $50k more a month than I am now (in revenue).
- To work on other side projects daily – not disclosing these yet… 🙂
- Spend more quality time with family, which means less TV, tablet, and computer use at home!
- Change my daily habit of coming home and getting into my PJ’s and vegging on the couch all night. This started when I first started gaining weight a few years ago, I was depressed and unmotivated. I’m no longer depressed or unmotivated, now I’m just lazy! I’m even too lazy to cook most nights, which I never was before. Obviously I will have my moments of weakness but for the most part, my goal is no TV. Instead, I’ll workout, clean, make dinner, and/or do something fun with the family. In short: Stay busy and burn calories!
- Quit being a negative person at work and quit gossiping!! I get sucked into conversations and the next thing I know I have a million little secrets to keep. I hate that. I want to mind my own business and just kick ass!!
That’s it! … for now.
Remember that resolutions are goals, not a life sentence. Go into this with an open mind and enjoy the process! You’re doing this for you, remember your why, this is not a punishment, but an opportunity to have a more rewarding life.
We got this…