There is so much to love about a new year. For me, it’s about goal-setting — new goals, new resolutions, new beginnings, new chances and a better focus. It represents the start of another race where I compete with my own self. Like a horse with blinders on, I like to keep my focus on what’s in front of me rather than the distractions around me.
Celebrate. When a new year rolls in, I make sure to set goals. Keeping in mind that making resolutions is one thing while implementing them is another. Oftentimes it is not easy to do the latter. By the end of each year, I do a little overview of my resolutions. Regardless of whether I failed in most of them or not, I celebrate. I don’t stress over what I did not achieve but instead, I celebrate little victories. I then set out another list of goals or similar goals for the new year. With the help of this blog, I was able to achieve more goals in 2016 than in years past. It helped when I journal my progress and shared a bit of it to others. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable.
Achievement. In 2016, I was able to finish my 500-mile run/walk challenge. Consistency is not my thing. I easily get bored. I like short, spur-of-the-moment challenges. That’s why this achievement means so much to me because I persevered. Ten miles per week is not an easy feat for a non-runner like myself. This weekend, I will be celebrating this success together with 15 other individuals who made it to the end of the year, working hard to finish this amazing challenge.
New Challenge. At our wedding in 2008, I jokingly told everyone that I would like to wear my wedding dress again on our 10th wedding anniversary. The more I think about it, the more I wanted to make it happen. It has become a motivating factor on why I want to shed off 20 lbs of post-baby weight. Our 10th anniversary is going to be in 2018. I know it’s a long way to go but I’m starting early to test the waters of weight loss since it’s my first time to attempt at it. My main goal is to achieve a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. On January 1st this year, I took this health challenge and so far I have lost 8 lbs just by eating the right portions and exercising 2-4 times a week. Not bad, eh? Last week, my supportive hubby insisted on getting me a dress to celebrate my new size. 😉
I will supplement this goal with a new challenge coming up in February. It is a 10-week lifestyle challenge based on the book Healthy Self: 10 Habits of The Longest Living Americans, which I am so thrilled to share with you. This health challenge is called The New Life Challenge. I will be talking more about it in the coming week.
Although most of my resolutions this year is mainly on health, I decided to improve my whole person by achieving goals for my marriage, homeschooling, parenting, spiritual, and personal. I am determined to stick with them until the end of this year. By God’s grace, I will be able to enjoy living a well-purposed life.
To sum up, why do I make resolutions every new year? Here are my reasons:
- It helps me focus on important goals.
- It reinforces good habits.
- It makes me feel good.
- It gives me purpose.
- It teaches me perseverance.
- It helps me not to give up on life, on myself, on people.
- It shows me an overview of what I want my life to look like for the whole year.
How to keep my goals:
- By creating achievable resolutions, I am able to make sure to find ways and means to make it work.
- When I miss a day of doing what I am supposed to do (I don’t feel like running on rainy days), I try to do it the next day or the next. I make sure not to let a whole week pass without doing anything about it.
- Never stop. I decided not to give up.
- I have an accountability partner. My husband pushes me beyond my lazy self. He’s a blessing.
- Enjoy. If it is not fun, it is not achievable.
How about you? Have you made resolutions this year? What goals have you achieved or want to achieve?
Wishing you the best,