New Year’s Resolution Time

It’s that time again…time for the New Year’s Resolutions. Here are a few of mine from years past:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Workout more
  3. Eat better
  4. Be less stressed
  5. Walk my dog more
  6. Read more
  7. Learn to knit
  8. Travel with my husband
  9. Visit my family more (MO and MN)
  10. Visit old friends more (SC, WI, KS, MO, IL, CA, WA)
  11. Make one new recipe every week
  12. Post on my blog more
  13. Come up with something super rad to get rich and retire

And the list goes on and on…there were years I actually thought I could do EVERYTHING on the list…nothing at all happened those years because I started to shut down from the stress of thinking about how I was going to do it all.

We have good intentions…but life doesn’t adjust to our resolutions. The University of Scranton’s research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Wow.

Are our goals to lofty? Is our life to hectic? What is stopping us?

I’ve had decades to think about this…for me, was my inability to take a step back from the “big” goal and break it down into meaningful chunks. Goals should be SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Take your one big goal, break it down into manageable chunks and plan for it over a period of time. Then check in with yourself…how’s it going? Are you were you want to be at this point in time? Do you need to adjust for life’s moments you didn’t plan for?

If you have to adjust – that’s ok. Do NOT beat yourself up. We have enough chatter going on around us, why add to it? Think about the “why” for the adjustment, use it as a learning opportunity and then move forward.

Easier said than done, right? It’s not if you practice and learn. Life is full of learning opportunities if we see them.

Take this January to reflect on what you want to see in 2015…and then break it down into manageable chunks and go for it! What’s stopping you?

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