New Year, New Goals

Originally Posted On December 26, 2012
With 2012 coming to a close, it is that time of year to think about we want to accomplish in the new year. Whether you create a vision board or simply set goals and make resolutions, there is no right or wrong way.

Resolutions are basically goals (defined as something that is formal expression of opinion or intention, something that is an absolute, you will do it) for the upcoming year to make improvements on one’s health whether it’s physically, spirituality, mentally, or personally. Resolutions should be “agreements” you can keep with yourself throughout the whole year. An example of a resolution would be to give your room or your house/apartment a solid cleaning once every month. Obviously you would need to clean dishes/bathrooms/kitchen way more frequently, but I’m talking dusting, de-cluttering, etc. Two other examples may be to eat gluten-free or to make a home cooked meal five nights a week.

Not only can you make resolutions, but you can also create goals (something you plan to achieve, you see the end result, then take steps to get there). Goals can be anything from monthly sales goals, end of the year body fat percentage goal, or running a mile in 6 minutes. These are all great goals, but the thing to remember about goals is that there should be weekly, biweekly, or monthly goals or “stepping stones” to get you to your yearly goal. You can’t simply want to be at 16% bodyfat by December and then hope your internal motivation will keep you disciplined to get you there by the end of the year. Having monthly goals will help keep you in check and will prevent you from falling off the to speak. Another great way to stay motivated throughout the whole year is to have competition! Make a bet with a friend whether it is to see who can sell more insurance before the end of the year or who can reach their ideal body weight first. Make sure to have a great prize at the end worth looking forward to, and yes your potential bonus or new sexy body is a great prize!

The third option is checking things off of a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of things you would like to do before you die whether it is skydiving, hike the Appalachian trail, or write a book. If you don’t have a bucket list, take time and come up with a list of things you would like to do/accomplish/see before you die. Then for the new year, pick a couple you feel you are capable of doing within the year. These do not need to cost money nor do they have to be extravagant. For example, maybe you want to hike a 10 mile trail or raise money for an organization. These things can be done fairly cheaply. Regardless, make sure you estimate potential costs for what you would like to do in the new year; you want it to be realistic and possible.

Now before you begin, here are a few things you must remember about resolutions, goals, and bucket list choices:

1. Resolutions and goals must be measurable. If your resolution is to cook at home more often instead of eating out, pick how many nights a week you will do this. If you simply state you want to cook at home more often, you will never know if you have accomplished your goal.

2. Resolutions, goals, and bucket list choices must be realistic. If you can currently run a 10 minute mile, a 5:00 minute mile may be a little far fetched. If you decide this year you want to check traveling to Italy off of your Bucket list, make sure you can afford a trip like this.

3. Reward yourself! Make monthly goals and if you meet these goals, treat yourself whether it is to a mini vacation, a nice dinner out, or to new workout shorts! Having mini rewards will help keep the fire lit throughout the year.

4. As stated in the goal paragraph, find a friend and make your mutual goal a friendly competition! You both don’t have to have the same goal and that may even be unrealistic, probably in most cases, but it should be equally challenging. Maybe you bet that whoever reaches the goal first, whether it is losing the most weight or makes the most sales, will be treated to dinner or whatever your agreement is.

5. Have fun! Making resolutions are a great way to make yourself better and continue to improve but you should want to do them and enjoy the process!

What are some new resolutions or goals you plan on accomplishing in 2013? Post some below!

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