Two Weeks into the New Year…. How are you Travelling?
Let’s face it, we’ve all been through a lot over the past couple of years and it feels like we are just now rising from the ashes. So now is a good time to ask yourself, where do you want to be in 12 months time?
The answer is you can be in the exact same place you are now or you can take steps to start making positive changes. As someone who is involved in the wellness and fitness industries, I understand how easy it can be to set yourself up for failure. So let’s’ spend a minute looking at how we can achieve change without pain.
A good way to approach this is to ask yourself what are one or two changes in your life that you would like to see by this time next year? Personally, I want to investigate a few niggly health issues and try get a more positive plan in place to feel better. I’m also working toward finishing a teaching diploma so that I can move into that realm as a longer term option for work. I also want to plan a couple of trips with my partner (and maybe even a sneaky retreat without him!)
I know that I’ll make this happen because I’ve already started making a plan, setting appointments, checking out the costs of things, etc. Yes I am a planner, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Write goals down and review them periodically Intentions…goals…resolutions, whatever you want to call them need to be written down to make them feel concrete. Try taping your goals to your bathroom mirror or fridge where you’ll see them first and last thing every day.
2. Create goals for different areas of your life. These can include relationship, career, health and fitness, finance goals and more.
3. Set goals that are realistic and attainable You’ll want to make sure that any resolutions you set are ones you can accomplish in twelve months. For instance if you are wanting to lose a substantial amount of weight, try setting smaller ‘chunks’ such as: “I will work to lose 10 kgs in 12 months rather than 30” or “I will pay $25 a week towards my smallest debt”.
4. Make goals that are measurable. This means being specific so instead of saying “I will get fit this year”, try “I will start by going to two fitness classes a week at the gym on Monday and Thursday”.
5. Design goals that can be accomplished with a partner. Teaming up with a friend or spouse to accomplish a goal together will always keep your motivation higher and keep you more accountable.
Here’s a list of some of the intentions you might like to put out in the Universe for this year (but make it specific to you, and measurable!)
- Focus on a new hobby instead of the way you look
- Include one new fruit or veg into your diet every week
- Work out for your health, rather than to lose weight
- Go a whole day without checking social media
- Read at least one book per month
- Go someplace you’ve never been before
- Volunteer somewhere where you can make a difference
- Start a personal journal
- Embrace your natural beauty by incorporating new skincare routines using organic products
- Make time for yourself every month with a walk on the beach, take yourself to a movie or show, or visit to the day spa for a massage/facial, etc!