Don’t make any resolutions.
Set goals. Accomplish them.
Here’s the deal – most people ditch their resolutions early on and then feel even worse about themselves. So why do we do it? Well, I believe it has to do with the idea of a fresh start or new beginning. However, that fresh start doesn’t have to be at the beginning of a new year. You get a fresh start every morning when the sun rises, your new beginning can be a Thursday on your lunch break when you’re halfway through your sandwich. Seriously. Your fresh start can be whatever your heart desires.
Don’t wait for a new year.
Set goals. And write down how you will achieve them. (hint ~ we like to set a handful of small goals and a couple larger) However, sometimes it’s more helpful to set weekly and/or monthly goals!
Write them down on the back of a receipt, a sticky note or a napkin. Just write them down. Make them real. Make them tangible. Remember that you’re writing them down for yourself. Keep them tucked away in a journal or agenda because they’re YOURS. They’re personal. Don’t plaster them on your bedroom walls. Just know that they’re there and that you have the power to accomplish them.
They’re not just random thoughts that breeze through your brain. Your goals are real. They’re attainable.
The language you use is important. Always write down your goals in a positive manner. Choose your words wisely. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes it helps to pretend you’re talking to your younger self or a child when choosing the particular phrasing of your goals.
If you need some help thinking of meaningful goals, we’ve compiled a list to help you brainstorm some ideas:
- Practice self-care
- Finish that book
- Take time to de-stress
- Nourish mind, body & soul
- Try new things (sports, foods, adventures)
- Travel & adventure
- Call/visit family
- Drink tea
- Explore creativity (painting, writing, music)
- Embracing vulnerability
- Work hard
- Dream big
- Get outside
We hope this list helps you begin to brainstorm some goals that you would like to achieve. Remember to re-visit your goals and re-adjust your path to accomplishing them if need be. That is 100% okay. Don’t worry if your path changes. Embrace the wild, wild journey.
A Moksha yoga instructor once told us: “To resolve is to solve a problem. You are not a problem. You don’t need resolutions.”
Find that burning desire at the very core of your being. Harness it. And then unleash it with all of its beauty.
Another great article Lindsey and Char!
Charlotte Gardiner says
Thank you very much!