First and foremost, happy New Year! I hope you have all survived the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Isn’t there always a sort of, “sense of relief” or a “phew!” when it is all over and done with? I mean, don’t get me wrong, holidays are fantastic and I look forward to them every year, but they sure can put the “t” in tired!
I am kind of an organizing fanatic…my husband may say “freak”, but either way organization is the game. I love nothing more than a clean or fresh start. Whether it is cleaning the house from top to bottom, starting a crisp new planner, cleaning out a beloved purse, starting a new semester of classes, or the big daddy of them all, DA DA DA…starting a new year!
All of the newness and as I like to call it, organization, is a great time to set goals for yourself. What ever you choose to call them, be it “resolutions” or “new year goals”. It comes down to self-improvement and what it is that you would like to work on within your life and environment. All too often it seems like resolutions are looked at in a negative light. “Oh I wanted to lose 10 pounds last year, but I gained 20.” Goals don’t have to be scary or draining. They should be about self-awareness and self-growth. Plus, a little fun along the way does a body good! I thought I would share some quick tips for keeping your game plan on track for 2011:
– For real? Yep! Setting realistic goals allows for them to be more attainable and gives you the chance to give yourself that well deserved pat on the back.
Instead of a goal such as: Eat all healthy food. How about: Incorporate at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily. It is attainable and a little more specific.
– Break it down. Not on the dance floor (that can be a blast too), but be specific about your goal and how you want to work towards it. Every goal in life needs a plan. You’ve got to get there somehow, right? We’ve all heard the saying ,“baby steps” – here is a time we can put those steps to good use!
So, if this really was your goal- how are you going to plan on getting those fruits and veggies? Try making a grocery list that includes all of your fruits and veggies for the week. Have them cut, pre-packaged, and ready to go so you can easily snatch them when leaving the house or just for an easy to grab snack. Choose some new quick and easy recipes, so you can incorporate all those fruits and veggies in a delectable new dish! Jot down in your planner when you plan on eating your produce in during the day. If you’re like me, you’ll love to check off your servings throughout the day. Done and Done! Your plan is up to you in how you’ll best “baby step” and work towards your goal.
– But but…There are no buts about it, you will run into barriers, or things that keep you from doing whatever it is you want to do to obtain your goal or action plan. By coming up with a list of possible “barriers” and how you will work around them, can help you in the future when something immediate does pop up. You’ll be able to keep your cool because you’ll already know how you will handle the situation. You can laugh in the face of that barrier because you were prepared. Woot woot!
– Feeling derailed? There is no doubt about it, new habits ARE hard to form, and old habits DO die hard. I’m going to share a little secret with you. You will have your “off” days, but the key is to jump back on track! You will have your “derailing” moments, possibly days; hey, it may even be weeks! As long as you are able to acknowledge these small defeats, and not be too hard on yourself, there is nothing wrong with getting back on track and working towards that goal again. We’re only human, so it is going to happen at some point in time.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you develop and maintain some successful personal improvements within your life. Keeping it positive and not being too hard on yourself can make for an enjoyable, even fun journey! Isn’t that what life’s about anyway?
What personal improvement plans have you started this year?
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