Say Goodbye to Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with your family and loved ones. After a busy year of change and lessons learned, I am even more excited for what's ahead. Most people have made their resolutions for the year and no offense to anyone who does it, but there may be a better approach for success. The challenge with resolutions is that sometimes they are too cut and dry or too vague. For example, things like "Eat healthy", "Spend more time with my family" or "Turn my phone off at night". These aren't wrong by any means, but shifting your perspective around the idea of resolutions sets up better for success. Understanding how you want to feel and the emotions around these 'resolutions' is the key to achieving them.

So with that, ask yourself "How eating healthy make me feel?" You may feel more confident. You may feel like this will inspire your friends or family to be more healthful. Similarly, "What will spending more time with your family and turning your phone off at night do for you?" You may say that doing these things will allow you to be more present, be more appreciative of the things that matter or give you calmness and clarity. When you can tap into feelings and emotions of the goals you set, you are more likely to be successful at achieving them than just looking at the goal itself.

I decided that 2016 was going to be the year of fulfillment for me. I decided this after asking myself "What do I want 2016 to look like?" from a business, social, family and personal perspective. Everything that I plan on doing across all these different facets of my life, is with the intent to achieve fulfillment.

So to achieve fulfillment this year, here is a sampling of my personal goals this year:

  1. Read 10 new books this year. I used to be an avid reader but as they say, life gets in the way. I have this as one of my top goals because reading brings me pure joy. I disappear into the book, in my own world. Kind of like a mini-vacation.
  2. Be physically stronger. The stronger I get, the more confident I am. So in addition to the weight training I already do, I plan on getting back into aerial silk as well as trying rock climbing.
  3. Spread the love of my work. Constantly reminding myself of why I chose to be a health coach motivates me day in and day out. The more I do it = the more people I can positively affect = fulfillment. So this year, I will have some exciting announcements (keep an eye out!).
  4. Travel to 5 new places this year. I love culture. I have this crazy curiosity about the world. The more I get to see and learn, the more fulfilled I become.

What do you see for yourself this year? How do you want to feel?

I'd love to hear about it, comment below!

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
— Gilbert K. Chesterton