And yes, it is that time of the year again! That time where we tend to set unrealistic goals for ourselves. I am guilty of that (Haaaaaaaa!).
While we are still feeding off the new-year-new-you spark to keep the flame going, here are some things to think about to set the tone for the year ahead!
1. Think SMALL
The word “small” tends to get more negative vibes. We like BIG things. BIG car, BIG house, dream BIG, do BIG things, BIG changes…… There is nothing wrong with doing BIG things or thinking BIG. But before the BIG, there is the humble SMALL.
BIG GOAL: 5 serves of vege and 2 fruits a day
-Opt for vege snacks in the morning
-More vege in your lunch/dinner
-Add a piece of fruit to curb the sweet arvo cravings
BIG GOAL: FIT and HEALTHY
SMALL step: 10 minutes of exercise every day
When you set SMALL goals, they are more achievable. Your brain will tell you that it is “easy” to achieve. We tend to DO it when our brain perceives it as an “easy” task. We all know we procrastinate when it comes to doing “hard work”.
Those SMALL easy tasks will soon become habits. And once it becomes a habit, you can build on them. Ie: Going from 10 minutes of exercise to 30 minutes and beyond.
Everyone is “BUSY”. But there are only a handful who are REALLY BUSY. And even for those who are REALLY BUSY, they still manage to find time to do the things they need/want/love.
The key thing is to PRIORITISE. I’m sure you have a hundred things going on on your to-do list right now.
I used to prioritise work over family. Oh how I’ve changed! I guess as you get older, you realise that your family is getting (even) older! Time flies and before you know it, precious time spent with them will slip through your fingers. I am spending so much time with my family now and they are my no.1 (after God that is). PLUS, I still get to do the things that I want to do! 😀
*MAKE THAT LIST!*
This applies to all areas of life. Family, work, responsibilities, health, fitness, nutrition…
If you have to do it or if you want it, then just DO IT.
After making that small list and prioritising each item, be discipline enough to follow through! Tell yourself that you have to do it.
Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT!
4. BE Grateful
The world does not owe you anything. Be grateful for what you have, for where you’re at while working towards what you want. Never be greedy. These days, we are all too fixated on living “the life” (whatever that means to you) that we lose sight of what we have. Being able to LIVE and BREATHE is already something that we should be grateful of. Focus on what REALLY MATTERS in life.
To me, only GOD can fill that empty void. That empty, lonely, deep void can only be filled with the LOVE of GOD. In HIM, I have everything. I am FULL.
This year was a little different for me. I did not “feel” it. I did not have that gush of passion, energy, dreams and resolutions pumping through me. I guess I have come to realise that you can change, set goals and achieve whatever you want, whenever you want!
You don’t need a new year, a new day, a new week or a new month to make a change. Change is always happening.
If you had a bad first week of 2017, so what? There’s another one coming right up!
Hope this helps!