Happy New Year and welcome 2016!!!
I love that each New Year we have the opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed, our successes, our failures and our lessons learnt. On the first of January we open up a new chapter, a new year, a fresh start.
What are you hoping for in 2016? Have you made resolutions? What are your goals?
You don't have to wait for New Years to make changes. Every day we get a new chance to make changes to our habits and rituals.
For me, I prefer to imagine what my life will look like in the future. What do I want my life to look like on 31 December 2016? Where do I want to love? Where do I want to work? What relationships do I want to nurture and grow? What do I want to learn? How do I want to feel? Using these questions I can create a clear vision of the year ahead and create an action plan.
I urge you to keep your goals realistic, measurable and achievable. I personally like to use the SMART method - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Be specific about what you want to achieve. Write it down in detail. Measurable means putting numbers or specifics on it ie. Lose 5kgs, wear size 12 clothes or run 5kms. Keeping your goals attainable ensure you don't set yourself up for emotional failure - for example if you are 33 and just starting to learn ballet you probably won't have a chance of joining the Australian Ballet Company (let's be real)! Goals and resolutions that are relevant to you are more likely to be attained. Don't take on someone elses goal to lose 10kgs yours. Especially if you just want to create a healthy running practice and they won't to lose weigh. You can support your friend in reaching their goal, but it isn't yours. Put a time limit on it so you can check how you went and so the time limit doesn't keep getting extended!!
Now you know the SMART details of your resolutions and goals, write them down and put them where you can see them -daily! If you have made resolutions about weight loss, being healthy or getting fit making choices and decisions towards your goal will really add up overtime. Be consistent and persistent!
Let 2016 be your year!
Have a great day!!