Before Halloween ends, Christmas spirits begins to fill the air. Poinsettias down every aisle, ornaments hanging from street lights, and the constant ringing of Santa’s bell outside of every super market! Before you know it it is already 2018! WTF RIGHT?! As much as I love Christmas, can we just take a moment to enjoy Thanksgiving?! GEEZ! Well, since Christmas is pretty much over, let’s discuss 2018 plans! I know, so cliche and hypocritical right? You know I’m all about goal setting. Whether because it’s January 1st or June 14th, or any other random day, it always healthy to have a moment to self reflect and think “hmmm, what do I want to work on this year coming year, or for the next 6 weeks. Here is a very easy, beginner’s guide to goal setting.
First, pick a SMALL goal. Funny how i made that all caps. I really needed to emphasize small because the bigger the bite, the bigger the chew, the harder it is to swallow. Meaning, pick a goal that will be evident within the time frame you set up. For example, “Each month I will run at least 3 times a week.”
Next, this piggybacks off the first step, pick one behavior you want to change at a time. Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want to be more athletic? Do you want to have better control over your finances? Do you want just be freakin’ nicer? These are all valid resolutions. Pick one at a time so that you can really give it your all and attain your goal.
Then, after you have picked what your goal is, let me be clear, YOU ARE NOT TRYING TO ATTAIN PERFECTION! The fact that you are working on yourself is fabulous! It is going to be a bumpy snow ride and that’s ok! You are a work in progress.
Lastly, ask for support. Ask your significant other to support your new eating habits by not buying so much junk food. Or, ask your insurance if you have a Health and Wellness coverage to support your new exercise regime. Another idea is you can ask for a consultation at your bank to discuss financial options.
Remember, “the best investment you will ever make is in yourself.”-Warren Buffett