Even though I think that New Year’s resolutions can be quite cliché, I’ve decided to set some this year. Something I know about myself is that I’m terrible at setting, working towards, and accomplishing long-term goals. Short term goals? No problem. School or work projects? I’ll crush it. Anything that will take a long or potentially indefinite amount of time to complete? Uhh, not so much.
I’ve really tried to figure out why this is, and my best guess is that I love the feeling of completing a task. It’s so satisfying to cross an item off a to-do list, or turn in work and breathe a sigh of satisfaction and relief that it is done. When a goal doesn’t have a definite end point, or the finish line is far off, I can’t sustain my motivation by anticipating finishing it. So this year, I’ve decided to hop on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon with the goal of improving my ability to work towards goals. How meta.
In order to do this, I’m focusing breaking my goals down into tiny pieces. Baby steps. Literally one day at a time action items that I can write on a to do list and cross off. I’m hoping that level of granularity will allow me to feel like I am accomplishing a step in the right direction every day. I want to stop focusing on where my progress is compared to the overall goal (because that can be quite discouraging if you’ve got a long way to go), and focus more on incorporating daily changes into my life.
Here are the big picture, long-term goals that I want to work towards in 2017:
- Focus on bodily health – Hey, another cliché! How many people say they want to lose weight or get fit as a New Year’s resolution? That would be about a bazillion. I will get into much more detail in an upcoming series on my YouTube channel (yikes! I’m excited and nervous about that), but here I’ll say this: About 18 months ago, I started gaining weight, and it was a pretty significant amount. About 6 months ago, I started shifting my focus back onto my health and as a result I’ve lost 10 pounds. I’m moving in the right direction but I want to make sure I keep moving that way, and I’m ready to get a little more serious about it.
- Tune in to my mental health – This isn’t something I’ve shared with you all before, but I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. It took me a very long time to realize what it was and accept that this is something I have to deal with. In 2017, I want to get better at listening to myself and recognizing where my mind is at so I can manage my anxiety holistically.
- Make creativity a priority – For most of my life, I labelled myself as a math and science person. I didn’t realize that in doing that, I dismissed a very important side of myself that enjoys the arts and yearns to create. As my last goal, I want to indulge my creative side regularly.
These are the areas I want to focus on in 2017. Hopefully I can build good habits that will carry forward into future years as well.
I plan to share a lot about goal #1 on YouTube, so hopefully you can get on board and excited with me. If you want updates on how the other resolutions are going, please let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to share!
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any tricks and techniques for sticking with them? Please share!