"The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score." - Bill Copeland Resolutions are funny things. Aren't they really just goals, except cooler because we make such a big deal about them!? Do we have to wait until January 1st to make them? Certainly not, but who doesn't like a new beginning? There's something about a fresh start that says no matter how many times I've botched this up before, I can do it this time! Tomorrow you could wake up and choose to change what's not working about your life - setting your sights on a better horizon. Will you? Maybe, but probably not. So, why January 1st? My answer: why the heck not? If it takes a new calendar year to get the fire burning under your butt, take advantage of that motivation and run. I initially meant that figuratively, but now that I think about it…
1. Goals propel you forward. Having a written goal gives you something to work towards. It's an external reminder of your internal desires. What do you want? Who do you want to be? What steps do you have to take in order to get there?
2. Goals turn mountains into hills. Think about the biggest aspiration you have. Chances are, there are a lot of little steps required to get there. Setting goals allows you to break your dreams into small, feasible accomplishments. That BIG daunting mountain becomes a bunch of walkable hills. As you continue to strive for the next milestone the finish line will become closer…and closer...
3. Goals create self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is the belief you have in your own abilities to complete a task or reach a goal. Unless you set small, achievable goals, your dreams are nothing more than fanciful notions floating around in your head. Give yourself something to fight for. Believe that you can until one day that belief becomes a reality.
4. Goals hold you accountable. If you refuse to set goals, points of measurable progress, how will you know if what you're doing is working or if something needs to change?
5. Goals illuminate your true desires. That's not to say that we never set goals that don't truly reflect what we want…sometimes we think we want something, when in reality, that something does absolutely nothing to increase our purpose or happiness. Asking ourselves what we want to spend our lives working for and re-assessing those goals as we go allows to reflect and introspect. Pinpoint what is that you want and GO GET IT.
6. Goals help you life life to the FULL. How can we get the most out of every moment? Set goals. Many of the things we want to experience and achieve won't just happen. We need to work for it. Set a path for yourself. Maybe you end up following it, but maybe you don't. Either way that path will help dictate the story of your life.
As you brainstorm your 2014 resolutions, consider these:
- I will stop blaming the drier for my ill-fitting clothes. The drier isn't the problem.
- I will use my treadmill for more than just a coat hanger. (Read as: elliptical, cross trainer…whatever that thing in your basement is).
- Fruit snacks will no longer count as part of my 5 servings a day. Likewise, Mt. Dew will no longer count as a a leafy green.
- I will stop texting friends and family who are in the same house…or room.
- I will stop using Facebook as my main communication outlet. Nobody needs to know that much. About anyone.
- I will go to the gym at least 3 times a week..and no, wearing spandex all day does not count as a workout.
Eat well. Live well. Be well.