It’s that time of year again. People always ask me if I believe in setting New Years Resolutions. I ALWAYS take advantage of any opportunity to make my life better. If setting a goal at this time of year works for you, why wouldn’t you? Remember that everything you have ever accomplished in your life started with a thought and then setting a goal. You had the framework set to get through school, but no matter what level of education you have, you set out to get it and then went and did it!
So what is my caveat to your resolutions? Start small and put your goals in chunks. If you are going to start exercising, don’t run ten miles today if just getting off the couch leaves you winded. Your body and your routine need time to get accustomed to your changes. Drastic changes only work within a system for those changes. For example: If you wish to radically change your diet and lifestyle, a radical change is only brought about by living in a spa for six weeks. If you have healthy flavorful food placed in front of you for three meals per day AND you have a personal trainer at every workout, yes six weeks can bring about a big change. If you have the money and time to live in a spa for six weeks, more power to you! Most of us don’t have that option! I’m not saying you can’t make a big change in six weeks. One of our weight loss programs will guarantee you a certain change, BUT you have to follow the rules and meet with me once per week. Meeting with me once per week is a drastic change for some people, for others, it’s no big deal. The big deal is the better result than just going on your own for weight loss.
When I ask you to put your goals in chunks, I mean put goals together that act as a catalyst. For instance: If getting up early and walking is your goal, you probably shouldn’t add reading until 11 the night before! Read in the afternoon so you can get up early to walk, possibly early enough that you can work on your goal of reading more. If you are going to exercise more, (or at all), a synergistic goal would be eating in a more healthful manner. Again, if one of your goals is to spend less time on the computer and get up early, make sure that you don’t wait until the end of the day for your set computer time. Time in front of the screen before bed will only deprive you of deep, restful sleep. If you don’t sleep well, you won’t be able to get up early. So your allocated screen time should be much earlier in the day.
Lastly, WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!!!! And REVIEW them! We always have too many goals, That isn’t a bad thing, but it is when we try to accomplish them all at once. So tackle your most pressing goal (s) first, then press on. If you like the rule that it takes 21 days to cement a new habit, that’s not a bad benchmark but for some people, a month to even two months is needed.
So, I believe in you. I believe God has gifted you to shine your light. Work on what you want, remember setbacks are part of the process. Persevere, persevere some more and show the world what you can do!
Go get it!