It’s the first official work day of the new year, and you guessed it, it’s time to talk resolutions. I know, resolutions, schrezolutions. If you’re like me, you’re probably sitting at your desk and wondering,“Where do I start?” Accomplishing resolutions can be fun and easier than we think. First step is to take a deep breath (did you do it?), smile, and read on.
If you did set some goals this Jan 1st, what I find helps to tackle loftier resolutions (or any problem at that), is to break them down into manageable and measurable steps. Is your goal to lose the jelly belly jiggle you gained on turkey day? Instead of saying, “I want a beach body by the summer, complete with 6 pack abs,” you can switch it to “3 times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I am going to wake up and do 30 minutes of exercise.” Pleeeeese, as I don’t ask you for many things, please just don’t set yourself up for immediate failure! Instead, be nice to yourself and make your resolutions more manageable and realistic. Here are my top 3 recommendations to help get you to where you want to be:
1) Set a goal that is very clear and detailed. Don’t aim to just “save money” but to “put aside $20 a week for 2 months and then check in on [set date].” This allows you to evaluate how you did, make any adjustments and decide what the next step is. Whew, much easier.
2) Write down your goal and the measurable steps somewhere you can see – on a post-it on your bathroom mirror, on your desk or on your fridge. Intention in Feng Shui is one of the most important aspects of success. When you read your goal/intention, picture yourself already having achieved it and really feel what it feels like having it. Feel the accomplishment and satisfaction. Doesn’t that feel great? Keep smiling…
3) Enroll your “Helpful People.” In Western culture, we are taught to be fiercely independent and are proud of what we accomplish on our own. That’s wonderful but it can be alot of pressure! Instead, choose 3 people as your helpful people, or support group. Share with them your goals and the steps you are taking towards that goal. Ask them to make you accountable for what you are aiming to accomplish. When you have a circle of support through your journey, it can make a WORLD of difference.
Last word of advice, don’t be so hard on yourself. If you do slip up, admit that you’re human and laugh it off, then get back on board and keep on trekking.