With every New Year, comes NEW resolutions, NEW intentions and NEW possibilities. These are exciting times. But like so many of us, our New Year’s goals tend to fizzle out before we gain REAL momentum.
So, here are some ways you can set goals that will stick for 2018:
Identify How You Want To Feel vs. the Desired Outcome
According to Soul Queen Danielle LaPorte, most resolutions are centered around “desired outcomes” and not around “desired feelings.” After all, the reasons why we set goals in the first place, is to manifest these core desired feelings inside of us.
For example, instead on focusing on losing weight, why not focus on how you want to FEEL instead?
Do you want to feel… Healthy? Strong? Joyful? Energized? Nourished? Lean?
Write down your core desired feelings and keep them top of mind. Now, let’s reverse engineer this with your “desired feelings” in mind.
What are you prepared to DO to feel the way you want to feel? Which leads us to the next step.
Set Specific Goals (Around Your Desired Feelings)
Write a short list of what you will DO to acquire these core desired feelings that you identified earlier. Keep the list realistic and specific. Focus on 1-2 specific goals at a time. Focus on adding vs. subtracting. That is, look to add the good stuff in, instead of taking things out. Adding in the good stuff is much easier and it will naturally weed out the bad stuff.
For example, if one of your core desired feelings were to feel “healthier”, your specific goals may be:
- Start mornings with 1 tall glass of lemon water OR
- Make a green smoothie for breakfast OR
- Go for 20 minute walk each day
Start with the specific goals that are the easiest for you to implement. Once you have that one covered, move on to the next. This builds more confidence and momentum overtime. Slow and steady wins the race.
Take Consistent Action & Let Go of the Outcome
Aim to take small, consistent action as often as possible. Focus on your efforts and let go of the outcome. For example, focus on healthy eating instead of weight loss. After all, we can’t control all the outside factors that may influence the outcome (ie. weight loss) but we can control our behaviour (eating choices, movement, bedtime). We have more control over our behaviour than we realize.
Focus on Progress and NOT Perfection
Remember that progress is fluid and evolving. Perfection is rigid and judgemental. It doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” type deal. If you fall off track, just get back on and try again. You’ll always be better off for trying.
Created by Silvia Rocca, Registered Holistic Nutritionist @ SilviaRocca.com