New Year's Non-Resolutions

What are our typical resolutions, and how do they go awry? Well, perhaps we are too specific, too harsh, too literal. Also, our resolutions really should be what we want them to be. In any other month, they would be called goals. Goals don't have that same finality, all or nothing that resolutions hold. If we can switch our mindset, perhaps we will have more success in achieving our goals than the average resolution, which rarely survives January, let alone the year. Goals are very personal, and only you can decide on what is right for you. Below are some of the more traditional.

  • Improve your health

Well, this is the big one. As with any goals, consistency is the key to success. Going slow and just doing slightly more each day or week is more sustainable. Everyone is different for some of us; adding a veggie per day is enormous; for others eliminating fast food once a week is an ultimate goal. Physical activity can vary from parking further, taking the stairs to train for a marathon. Whatever your goals, adding on a little more each day, rather than change 100% of habits immediately, which is unsustainable.

  • Work less or more.

Whether you are trying for work-life balance or trying to bank the OT, it is essential to keep perspective and have stability. Frequently we get so caught up in the moment we forget to appreciate all we have. As far as balance goes, the word no is your best friend. Say no to anything that you don't want to do or that would take your time away from your real goals such as relaxing, family, etc.

If you are working extra or for a purpose, whether to take that fancy trip or pay off that loan, make small steps toward that goal. Pay a deposit, or start making larger payments rather than just banking the cash. By making these incremental payments, you will see your progress, which should keep you motivated.

  • Invest in your career.

Is this the year to go back to school? Is there a specialty credential exam you have meant to take? Haven't gone to any conferences in a while? Maybe it is time to step up your CEU game. This goal also takes consistency and may take longer than a year to achieve, however making that step and working towards those educational career goals can not only help your career but give you a huge sense of accomplishment.

No matter what type of 2020 goals you set for yourself, keep a few things in mind.

  • Attitude; If you don't believe you can succeed, you will be correct.
  • Gratitude: Even though you are setting goals for the future, never forget to take the time to appreciate all you already have.
  • Perspective: When you fail to meet your weekly goal or fall off the wagon, don't give up. The goal is long term, not all or nothing. Start again tomorrow, adjust your deadlines. No matter how long it takes if you keep moving forward, no matter how slowly you will eventually arrive at your destination.

Have a fantastic resolution free 2020, and may everyone land in 2021 better, more fulfilled, and further to your hopes and dreams than you could have imagined.