You call them resolutions, I call them my “New Year’s Intentions.”
Potâto, potāto. Let’s call the whole thing off–wait no, don’t do that. I want to keep with my intentions, and I know you want to keep with your resolutions this year too. Unfortunately, the majority of people drop off from their new year resolutions, even as soon as January.
I say, let’s be in the rough 8% that carry out their intentions/resolutions/goals this year. We can do it! And here’s how, start NOW!
That’s right, now. In December. Why? Because the sooner you make change a habit and a part of your life style, the better chance your intention has of sticking for the long haul.
Also, think about this: if you start now, during the holidays, a.k.a. the toughest time to stick to healthy eating habits, fitness routines, de-stressing, self-loving, etc. Whatever it may be, if you can establish this new habit into your life now, come January (and all of 2018) it will be a breeze to continue on your new path.
You can do this. And I can too. I’ve already begun slipping into some of my 2018 intentions like…
- doing core work every morning
- running weekly
- increasing my running endurance
- eating more mindfully
There are more to come. I have just been focusing on those and so far, so good!
Stuck on what to add into your new year to come/now?
Here is a list of things to help set some goals/intentions/resolutions:
- Start big picture. What do you want to accomplish long term?
- Example: Being able to run longer distances again.
- Set some number to that goal, something you can measure.
- Example: Being able to run 6 miles.
- Now scale that down. Ask, how can you achieve said goal?
- Example: I can build up my endurance by running smaller distances regularly and build over time.
- Set some number to that goal.
- Example: Run 1 mile every week.
Boom. You have a goal formula.
My intention is to be able to run longer distances again without feeling like dying. Why? I used to really enjoy it. I felt free and it was good meditation for me. What would be a reasonable distance to run that I think I could accomplish? 6 miles. It’s longer than I can run right now, and I know that 6 miles was always a good distance for me. How will I get there? Run once a week. Right now it doesn’t matter how far. Just run.
My goal is a SMART goal. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time-bound.
Now start getting after your resolutions!