Happy last day of 2017! It’s been an interesting year and everyone seems to be brimming with excitement and hope about the oncoming 2018 year. A new year means new goals. Some spend today scrounging for last minute new year eve plans and other spend it planning out their new year. Goals are easy to make, and they are easy to break. The challenge is maintain the motivation to complete and succeed at our goals year long. To achieve this we need to: ignite an intent, find our theme, prepare for barriers, and track and act.
The number one documented reason for not accomplishing our goal is lack of motivation. Completing a CBT course recently I learned that the most detrimental symptom of depression is apathy. The way you counteract that lack of motivation is to just do the activity or goal you set out. Even if you don’t want to. By being active you natural raise your endorphin and mood elevating neurotransmitters which decreases the depressive mood. With the new year we think this is a perfect time for a new start and endless opportunities. Any setbacks we encounter negatively affects our thinking and through an “all or none” filter we abandon the goals due to our inability to achieve it instantly. Imagine if every day was a new year day. Imagine the unlimited and infinite possibilities we could create for ourselves. Hence why I’m coining 2018 as the infinity year (the “8” is a rotated infinity sign so it works!). Infinite possibilities, infinite change, and endless opportunities.
The amazing aspect about the infinity symbol is that it goes on endlessly, yet it has a wave-like property of going up and going down. That’s what life is – you go up, you go down, but it averages into a balance. Think of conservation of energy principles – all energy is a combination of potential and kinetic energy. Stop and start. Push and pull. Up and down. Or simply think of a basketball player taking a foul shot – they need to plant their feet and center their balance before they take the shot. If they don’t, their aim is affected and they have a higher probability of missing their shot. You have to set than shoot. Before we leap we have to plant our feet.
Before coming up with your new years goals (or resolutions), reflect on the past year. What was your theme? What did you achieve? And if you didn’t, what were your barriers to success? Then you can create your intent for the new year. What is your theme, or what do you want to focus on (pick a noun – like business, self, family, health, joy, etc.)? From your intention you then can create some smaller SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) to help you achieve your theme. Lastly track and act – track your progress of actual action towards your goal.
For example: The goal of “being healthy”.
What does “being healthy” mean? What does it look and feel like? Is your picture of healthy attainable and realistic? Perhaps you mean to have more energy, or wake up refreshed, or doing things you use to enjoy. Pick 2-3 smaller goals related to your theme – then act and track. What are some barriers you may encounter? Perhaps no time, no energy, or no motivation. How will you conquer these barriers? Here is a Weekly GOal tracking document to help!
That’s my last blog post for the year! Have a healthy and happy holiday season and wishing you an amazing infinity year for 2018!!!!