Seems to me that New Year Resolutions are a load of tosh! Are you seriously going to restrict your caffeine intake to only 2 cups of Joe a day? Are you never going to eat chocolate again? Are you actually going to work out at the Gym every single lunchtime come what may - really?
Okay - on the face of it it might be a Good Thing to 'resolve' to do this that or the other but it seems to me that resolutions are a bit wishy-washy and kinda designed to end in failure by the end of the month - if not sooner!
So why not take the opportunity to set a few personal GOALS instead? Why not do it in a way that encourages us to keep to them and actually achieve them?
Let's take a look at some examples of good goal setting:
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL - SPECIFICALLY?
To lose 7lbs
To blog regularly and more often!
BY WHEN WILL YOU ACHIEVED THIS?
The end of February (2012!)
First week of each month.
HOW WILL YOU DO IT?
Watching my calorie intake.
Eating more healthy foods.
By setting a diary reminder.
By preparing blogs whenever I have a spare moment so I always have something ready.
DO YOU NEED A SUPPORT TEAM - IF SO WHO ARE THEY?
My sister will go walking with me.
My partner will support me.
Don't really need a support team as such - but making my intentions public knowledge will help!
- Don't frighten yourself with massive, unachievable goals. (Gonna lose 150 lbs in a month? Don't think so!)
- Be realistic with your time-frame. Not so close that you will fail but not so far ahead that you can forget about them until the last minute!
- Don't overwhelm yourself with a huge list of things you want to achieve - all before February. Pace yourself.
- Don't beat yourself up if you don't achieve your goal first time round. (End of February and you have only lost 5lbs?) Regroup, reassess and start again.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help/support and the occasional pat on the back. (I'll help! :-D Get in touch and we'll talk!)
Make this the year you achieve exactly what you want without beating yourself up! But remember ...
Warm regards as ever,
The Cinnamon Coach