I am all about making resolutions. They keep me on track with what I really want to be doing for the year. It’s actually a comfort thinking about them throughout the months so I don’t end up in October wondering how I got there with nothing to show for it. It’s easy to slide along every day not working toward anything because you don’t want to put even the tiniest amount of pressure on yourself.
There was a revolt a few years ago that is still continuing. People seem to think making resolutions is a bad thing because you get disappointed when you fail. But, I’m sorry, does that mean we should stop trying? Does that mean we shouldn’t even attempt a turn-around? I see nothing wrong with jotting some things down that you know you want to change. Sure, if there are things you resolve to quit or start because you think you should do them, well now, that’s when you get into guilt-laden territory.
It’s completely possible to have goals you love all year long and not get discouraged. There are small tweaks I’ve done every time I actually committed to completing a resolution.
My tips for happy goals:
- Pair a larger goal with a “fun” goal.
- i.e. Run a marathon and do a bubble 5k.
- Make it positive! Add in a healthy habit, instead of kicking a bad one.
- i.e. Don’t quit sugar cold turkey. Commit to eating one serving of vegetables with two meals/day.
- Pick one generic, attainable goal. This will make you feel great when you can cross it off your list! Plus, it will give you confidence in your greater goals.
- I.e. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
- Choose one daunting goal. Write out tiny steps that edge you closer.
- I.e. Pay off credit card debt = Sell one item on eBay/week>Use an extra $50/month towards debt>Pay more than minimum payment/month, etc.
I’m including some revamped printable resolution worksheets I found around. They aren’t your run-of-the-mill goal sheets. I love tradition but I also love seeing things from a new perspective or slightly tweaking the original picture. Kind of like when top chefs do a spin on a classic dish. I love that. Sooo, here are a few different ways to write down a few resolutions. (A few sources might ask for your email to get the PDFs sent to you.) Or check out Pinterest for your own ideas!
Two pics from the holiday weekend to close!
Christmas EveChristmas Day
I am not yet finished making my list. I’ve had a very low-key New Year’s Eve for the last few years completely by choice. It’s when I have a drink, sit down, and write from my heart. I’m able to hear clearly what I’m supposed to be doing.
I would absolutely love to hear your resolutions and goals for 2018!
January 1 or not, remember, you always have a chance to start over.