Make Life Style Goals Instead Of New Year’s Resolutions
It is that time of year where people start talking about New Year’s resolutions of which most are not kept. They are usually the type of goals that set you up for failure from the beginning because they are unrealistic like “losing 100 pounds in three months”.
So, I want to talk about a new way of looking at the coming year and that is making lifestyle goals or changes instead of resolutions. Make a goal of changing eating habits instead of a goal of dieting and losing a set amount of weight. Make a goal of learning better spending habits instead of a goal of paying off all your bills in four months. These are examples of lifestyle changes.
Son and I have worked on these types of goals for a few years now.We set a goal of changing how we spent money to help us become more debt free. We made a goal of putting distance between things that stress us unnecessarily and to make our lives more simple. We made a goal to focus on our health. All of these are lifestyle changes.
Set goals that are attainable. Yes, I know people say reach for the stars and we should dream big, but in an economy where finances are so unstable, job security seems to be no longer guaranteed and health problems seem to be on the rise, we need to set goals that do not over extend ourselves and create greater problems in the long run.
We learned the difference in “want spending” and “necessary spending”. That is not to say that we do not ever splurge on ourselves if we have the money. It means we do not run through our money like we are in the candy shop buying everything in sight. Our goal became more security oriented instead of “possession” oriented. We set a goal of downsizing into a smaller home that we could own and not fear losing a few years ago. What peace of mind that brought.
This year our Lifestyle goals include working on our home, the greenhouse, a small shop that son needs in the backyard, eating healthier, exercising more, taking the best care possible of our health, being kind to people, doing acts of kindness (and that does not always take money), living with less stress, enjoying quality time together, laughing more, and making changes in our lifestyle that liberate us and help us instead of pressuring us and throwing us into more debt.
So, this year instead of making a list of resolutions that probably will not last to the end of January why not try making a list of lifestyle goals and changes you want to make in your life and use words that set you up to win instead of lose. Life is what we make it and we can choose to change our destiny by the mere words we use to lead us down the path.
Change your perception of New Year’s resolutions and turn them into something that can truly change your life. It was amazing to learn that simply taking goals and removing the rigidness from them and looking at the goal in terms of how it can totally change your life from now on can leave you open to success. Look at your life in terms of what will truly make your life better and bring you peace not in terms of quick fixes to problems that need life changes.
And now, I wish you all a very Happy New Years and pray that life brings you all you need next year.
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