New Years Resolutions. Always with the best intentions. Often short lived and forgotten about. Instead of resolving not to do something, set an intention. “I intend to ________”. When our desires and our actions are positively charged we are setting ourselves up for a greater chance at success.
Once you have identified your intention or resolution, we need to reframe it as an achievable goal and outline the steps you need to take to get there. Make it a priority.
Answer the question, How? How are you going to do it? How will you lose weight? How will you get out of pain? How will you start going to those yoga classes you keep talking about?
For example: My intention is to go to yoga. My goal is to attend one yoga class a week for the next 3 months. Setting a timeframe for your goal is important. It makes it more manageable, and it allows you to reassess as you go. The first step will be to find a yoga studio that has a class that will work with my schedule. To keep me accountable to my goals, I will sign up in advance and ask a friend to join me. I will schedule the weekly classes into timetable and it will be non-negotiable me time. I deserve this.
What happens if you hit a speed bump? You don’t like the studio you started going to or you can’t find classes that work with your schedule, you aren’t feeling as good as you thought after the class. Not all yoga classes, gyms, doctors, teachers, etc are created equally. It might take some exploration before you find the right match but don’t give up. Your intention is a priority. Maybe private classes, where the teacher goes to your home or office is a solution.
Other things to consider while planning out your goals. Consider not only the time spent on the goal but time spent travelling to and from a location. Consider the costs associated (membership, clothing, food, transportation, child care). Consider how your life will be improved by following through with your intention. I would even go so far as to research what resources are available to help you achieve the goal. Maybe there is something new on market you haven’t considered, ask people for testimonials or reviews on this services you are considering.
- Set your Intention/Resolution
- Make it a goal
- Define the steps you need to take to make it happen such as scheduling a time each week/day that you can check off on your calendar
Wishing you the all the best in 2017!