Make Goals not Resolutions

And just like that, the first month of the year is about half-way done. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution. They don’t work for me. To me, a resolution is like saying, “We should hang out sometime.” The idea is there but the intent of follow through is not. Instead I’m making goals. Goals for me as a person, goals for me as a wife and mother, goals for this blog and myself as a writer. Having a goal before me gives me something to actually strive for.

I need to make sure I’ve taken the single step I need to take in order to complete my goal

For example, a personal goal I’ve made is to do a 30 day workout challenge this month. On the first day of January I began a 30 day Jumping Jack Challenge and at the end of this month I want to be able to say that I stuck to and completed that challenge. Maybe next month I’ll pick up a new challenge and maybe I won’t. I can’t focus on next month in that aspect, I’m needing to focus on today of this month to make sure I’ve taken the single step I need to take in order to complete my goal.

I guess to me, making a resolution is just a step in making a goal. I know a lot of people make NYRs to workout more or be healthier in some aspect, and that is excellent! Don’t get me wrong, I think that’s a great thing to strive for, but how are you going to do it? The whole point of a resolution is to make a change, so how are you going to change? At the end of the week, the month, the year, what do you want your life to look like? That is your goal. Be resolute in attaining that goal.

It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be done by you.

Did you make a New Year Resolution? Have you made them in the past and failed at them? Turn them into goals instead. They say to write down your resolution, make sure you write down what you want the end goal to look like and then write down steps to obtain it. If you’ve already fallen away from the change you swore you were going to make, then take a deep breathe, and restart from step one. They say it takes Twenty-One days for something to become a habit. Fill those twenty-one days with steps you can easily check off. Do you want to expand your borders in some way? Start step one in your comfort zone and little by little add something or change something that pushes at your normal boundaries. It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be done by you.

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