New year; new me. That’s what most people say January 1st, right? They make goals, resolutions, and promises to do better. Then you have the others who moan and groan about resolutions. They’re stupid, nobody ever keeps them, why do they need to start in January? Etc.
I’m with group #1. I love new years resolutions. Do I ever keep all I make? Nope, not even close. But I like the idea of a clean slate. A whole new year can be the start of a whole new you. I find it hopeful and encouraging.
When it comes to making resolutions, I like to take the college application approach. I separate what I want to achieve into 3 categories:
1. Safety- the resolutions I know I can keep.
2. Match- the resolutions that will challenge me, but I know if I work towards them, I will achieve what I want.
3. Reach- resolutions that would be tough but awesome to achieve, and I won’t beat myself up if I don’t make it.
When I have decided what my resolutions are for each category, then I develop a list of action steps for each one. There are TON of free worksheets out there to help you do this. You can find printables for every kind of goal you have. There are very specific and very broad sheets to help you with your goals. It is up to you to do your research and figure out what suits you best. I personally like this printable from Just a Girl and Her Blog. It is what I will be using for my goals this year.
This approach works for me because it is attainable but challenging at the same time. I don’t know how many times I have said “I am going to lose X amount of weight by this time next year” only to be disappointed when it didn’t happen. With the 3 categories of goals and the printable to develop action steps for them, I know I will feel accomplished by this time in 2017!
So, what are my resolutions you ask? Here they are:
Run a race each month
Read 40 books
Lose 25 pounds
I will be sharing my progress as I go along to keep my accountable. I hope you check back in February for my update. Please share any goals you have for this year (or month!) and how you plan on keeping them!