We are officially two weeks and four days into the new year. I don’t usually set goals or make expectations for myself when it come to the new year, mainly because I know that my goals tend to end up unaccomplished, which in return makes me feel pretty lousy about myself. But this year I decided to set some goals.
First and foremost, having goals and things you want to accomplish doesn’t have to take affect at the beginning of the new year. If you want to do something you can start NOW. Secondly, when setting goals for yourself make your goals realistic. If your New Years resolution is to lose weight, don’t quit just cause you stopped going to the gym for a few days and you already blew your goal of going every day. You have to keep your goals realistic, it makes for better results.
I tend to have an issue with over estimating reality. I tell myself, “I’m gonna walk the dogs everyday.” But sometimes you just can’t make it everyday. Now instead of telling yourself “Ahhh, look I already failed.” Set up more realistic goals and build them up from there.
If your goal is to go to the gym more instead of saying “I’m gonna go to the gym everyday.” Make it something more like “I’m gonna go to the gym 2 times a week for a month, see how it goes, and build up from there.”
For those people who can set really high goals and maintain them, good for you. But I know that there are people in my boat who need to start small and work up to their big goals.
Starting 2018 I knew a lot of changes were gonna be coming my way. Packing up and moving to a new state and adapting to a whole new lifestyle (the military, in my case) is overwhelming and stressful. As excited as I am, I’m nervous to leave everyone I know and move to a place that I am unfamiliar with.
My goals this year amidst all these changes and new adventures is to really keep a positive attitude. I know that I’m gonna be stressed, and that this is really gonna be a shock to the system, but I want to maintain an open mindset. Not just in the moving sense of things, but I’m all aspects of life. I want to start living in the now instead of worrying about the future and dwelling on the past.
Another goal of mine has been to be healthier. Now as cliche as it is, this is something many of us can focus on. I’m not just talking about physical health, but mental health too. I want to watch what I am putting into my body, and how munch junk food I allow myself to consume. That’s not to say that I won’t still splurge and eat like a pig every once in a while, but overall when you eat like poo you feel like poo. Therefore my goal for myself is to pay more attention to my junk v. good food ratio. Mental health is another big one I want to address this year and time in my life.
Between stress from day to day functioning, to just typical state of mind I want to learn to relax and really focus on staying stress free. I have a very bad issue of over thinking and stressing myself out more that need be. I worry too much about the small things and don’t take the time to just breathe and really focus on not letting myself become overly occupied by minor things.
With that all being said, this year don’t give up on your goals, set them within your grasp and go get them!