Thoughtful Thursday: New Years Goals

A goal without a plan is just a wishHere we are in a New Year and everyone seems to make new resolutions. We plan things such as losing weight, going to the gym more, joining a gym, eating better, and dozens of other things. As is usually the case, these resolutions last for oh, maybe a month and then our good intentions get sidetracked by other things such as work, family, friends, extracurricular activities and life in general.

So, what is the point of making those resolutions or should we even make them? Personally, I don’t make resolutions anymore. My preference is to set goals. There are two types of goals that I set, short-term goals and long-term goals. The short-term goals are the springboards that I use to reach my long-term goals. Within the short-term goals, there can be daily or weekly goals to help meet the short-term goal. I like to keep a “To Do” list on my phone of things that I need to get done for the week. It’s amazing how much I can accomplish when I have a list as opposed to when I didn’t use one. Yes, I even include a nap on that list for a certain amount of time, if I need one. Along with the “To Do” list, I also keep my grocery shopping list and a shopping list of items that I need for my business. Then I watch for sales and plan my budget accordingly. Saturdays are usually spent at the local flea market where a booth is only $5 for the day. The only day I don’t work on any projects is Sunday. That is my day off and my day for worship and attending church.

My suggestion to you is to set goals rather than make resolutions. Set short-term and long-term goals. If you want to lose weight don’t just say I am going to lose weight. Set some goals to get there. You could set goals like, I am going to walk 10 minutes a day for 3 weeks, then walk for 20 minutes for 3 weeks. I am going to find some healthy recipes to cook or change how I cook the foods that I like. Another goal would be to skip eating in the car or in front of the TV, not eating fast food. Take your measurements (or have someone do it for you), you can also weigh yourself, but don’t become obsessed with the scale.  You want to convert fat to muscle, so you will lose inches and not always pounds. Beware the fad diets! You want to change your lifestyle for life. This is one of the reasons that goals work and not resolutions.

Write down your goals, otherwise, they are just dreams. Keep moving forward towards your goals. Onward and upward!

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