In the past, I didn’t ‘believe’ in New Year’s Resolutions, because I figured that if it’s something I am really resolved to achieve, I’d set the goal during the year.
Last year changed things a bit. At the end of 2012, I resolved to have a clearer direction for where I wanted my life to go, I’d pay off my credit cards, and I’d work through the emotional stuff I needed to deal with.
Shock, horror – it worked! I had goals that were written and re-written and plain-old-chucked-away during the year as well, but I decided that a year is a nice, tidy length of time for big-but-not-overwhelming goals to be achieved. So as 2014 nears, I’ve been thinking a LOT about what my goals are, and how I’m going to make sure I commit absolutely to achieving them.
My main goal is a lifestyle shift – or rather, continuing to build a healthier and happier lifestyle – in terms of mind / body / soul. I am building the habit of reading & writing (mind) exercise (body), and meditation (soul) into my daily routine. It is said it takes about 30 days to establish a habit, so I figure if I can do these three activities every day in January, I’ll be sussed for the rest of the year (ha!).
I do have more ‘traditional’ resolutions (PolicyMic has a great list of the top ten here), but I’ve been reflecting on conditional happiness lately, and realised that if I build these habits – knowledge & creation, physical fitness and ability, mindfulness and reflection – the go-to goals will automatically become fulfilled, so are my bigger focus.
So here’s to 2014, and a happier, healthier you – I’d love to hear your goals, so leave a comment below 🙂
Some links that might help you:
How to Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions
An in-depth article with a very sensible approach to setting and achieving your resolutions.
Oprah Vision Board
An inspiration board maker from Oprah. You need to register, but it’s free.
If fitness or weight loss is part of your resolution, I highly recommend these guys. I use them and have found them to be clear, easy to follow, and with great variety so I don’t get bored 😛