Let's talk about 2016, putting plans into action and about our resolutions. 2016 is a major year for us, while 2015 was the year of letting go, change and tough lessons, it also prepared us for the major push we are about to have. The New Year is for putting our plans into action, getting our shit together and becoming stronger than ever before. Whoah, right?! I have been paying attention to all the signs, getting ready to jump on my A game. I know you are too, let's kick some ass!
Now highlight the things that stand out to you the most, do you see a trend, does something scream, "I'm over here!"? Now take another page and write about it. What does it say to you, how does it make you feel? Time to start planning and putting things into action. Is one of your biggest dreams to live and work in the big city? Write down the things that you would have to achieve that. Then make yourself a realistic timeline to follow. *Side note, only continue if you are truly ready to make these changes. Planning and putting things into action need to be clear, concise and honest. Think things through and talk it out with supportive people.* This timeline is what will help you keep track of where you are, how far you've come, goals achieved and what's left to accomplished. It can also help keep you accountable, but if your like me and need someone to keep you accountable ask a friend to help out. Make a plan for 1-6 months first, put down your tasks by day, week and month. Give yourself rewards for each goal accomplished and then one major and final reward when you have achieved your goal. Set up reminders in your phone, put up post its, what ever you need to do to stay on track.
- Make them realistic: Want to lose weight in the coming year? Start small don't put unrealistic pressure on yourself. Small steps to big success. Often we find ourselves in a trap of instant gratification, not really living in the moment and enjoying the journey. Don't get me wrong, I'm trying to lose weight and sometimes it feels as if the process is crawling. But don't give up and be patient. If you want to work out five days a week, start off with two and every two weeks increase a day until you get to five.
- Make them meaningful: Getting a boyfriend in the New Year, is not a meaningful resolution and often it leads to disappointment. Instead, make a resolution to learn to love yourself and be satisfied with where you are. We get worked up when we promise ourselves unrealistic ideas. This is our ego trying to prove that we are not good enough, so turn it around and prove your ego wrong. Practice self love and compassion. Be gentle on yourself and get to know who you really are.
- Make them fun: Make time to include the fun stuff in life. Plan to take a mini break, self dates, road trips with friends, go to classes you've always wanted to. Take time to appreciate the moments, big and small. Make time to leave social media for a while and enjoy others company. Start a conversation, buy someone's coffee, or where a silly hat while your driving. Silly resolutions are some of my favorites.
- Make them for others: Resolutions aren't always for ourselves, they can be for others too. Volunteer, walk shelter dogs, spend time at a nursing home, soup kitchen, something you do for someone else without wanting recognition or reward. Pay it forward. Help a friend, a neighbor, co worker, someone who you may not even know. Make a resolution to be kinder, more compassionate and more understanding.
- Make them powerful: This year make your resolutions to help change and better your life. Go back to school, change jobs, leave a toxic relationship, or start your own business. Resolutions that make us feel empowered, better, and superhumanly, are ones that last a lifetime. They usually are the ones we forget to put down each year. Most of us think of our own needs last, well no more, not this New Years. Go out and get your life.