How many of you are like me: on New Years Eve you think of five things on the spot, call them ‘resolutions’ and expect yourself to wake up New Year’s Day with the magical motivation to accomplish them all? Like, I am going to do yoga every morning, I am going to read my Bible during breakfast each day, I am going to put more money into savings than I did last year.. and the list goes on. These are all great things! But expecting yourself to start 5 new habits in one day is setting yourself up for failure. I don’t want to set unattainable goals like I have in the past. Instead, I am starting now, by choosing my goals carefully and preparing for them now.
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If you have read the past couple posts, then you know I am trying to Make Over My Mornings. I want to do this now so that I will already be in the mind set of making positive changes when the New Year arrives. By beginning my days with intention, I hope to accomplish my goals. I also hope that spending time now thinking them through will help me to set attainable goals.
Just this October I decided I wanted to start doing yoga everyday. Everyday. I always do that. I decide I want to do something everyday, but if I miss even one day then I give up completely! Does that happen to anyone else? I ended up doing 30 days of yoga in a row (More than I have ever done!), but as soon as I moved somewhere new my habit broke and I stopped. Next year I will try a more realistic goal. To do yoga 2-3 times a week, and anymore is a bonus!
Another important part of setting goals is to know your motivation behind them. Crystal’s lesson for today talked about having incentive. If you aren’t identifying the reason why you are doing something, then you will have little motiving you to accomplish it. For example, I wake up and go into work. Why am I going to work? I don’t know. Without having a reason/incentive ahead of time, I am likely to tell you that I go because that’s what I am supposed to do. Go to work. That’s what people do. Instead, if I put it in context of the goals I have, I am much more motivated to go. My answer to “Why am I going” changes, I am going into work because it helps me to pay off my student loans. Loans that I loath so very much. I want them to go away, thus going to work to earn money to pay them off.
Have you started thinking of New Year’s Resolutions? If you have, start thinking of your motivation behind them to. Perhaps you want to add more money to your savings. Why do you want to? What will you be saving up for?
Also, try adding some fun to it. Do you want to start a new exercise plan? Find some incentive for your new healthy habit. Maybe you could find a friend to do it with you. So instead of dragging yourself out of the house to go for a walk, get excited about meeting up with your friend to visit while you walk around the block!
I am still deciding what my resolutions will be. Once I narrow them down I will let you know what they are and how I plan on making them happen!
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