I welcome this year with open arms. I can feel the fingertips of my mind finally grasping the idea of commitment and intention. I will live this year with more intention and I wholeheartedly commit to my goals. I will no longer simply ‘hope for the best’, but instead this year I will operate under the mantra of “If you want it, then go get it”.
In anticipation for this year and to give myself the best chance of success, I spent most of November and December 2018 delving deep to think about what it is that I actually want. I also spent a significant amount of time listening, watching and reading about how other people are setting their goals for the new year, what changes they want to make and how they planned to make these things a reality. It helped open up my mind to what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it.
One of my favourite Youtubers ‘muchelleb‘ had the brilliant idea of focusing on quarterly goals instead of yearly goals to avoid getting overwhelmed. It’s such a simple idea, but in practice it makes everything seem so much more achievable and easier to commit to.
For my first quarter goals I have kept it simple:
- Eat well
- Sleep well
- No buy
This then expands to:
- Eat well = eat vegan/keto 3 days a week = 13 weeks x 3 days/wk = 39 days
- Sleep well = in bed by 10pm every weeknight
- Exercise = workout/gym 3 times a week = 13 weeks x 3 times/wk = 39 workouts
- No buy = no new things, only on necessities and replacements
To me having 4 very specific goals which are then broken down to smaller steps makes it significantly easier to remember and for my brain to grasp. Knowing that I only need to do 39 workouts over 3 months is a lot more motivating and a lot more tangible than simply “exercise more”.
I have also finally begun to understand that failure is not an excuse to stop, instead it’s a reason to keep going. Every failure is simply another piece of evidence to show that I was strong enough to have gotten up and tried again.