Hey Simple && Sweeties,
Well, it’s that sad time of year again when you realize your skiing gear doesn’t fit over your thighs, you’re constantly reminded that your credit card has had a few heavy swipes too many, you need to get yourself organized, and/or you aren’t quite the head-turner you were in high school.
Yeah…I’m definitely an “and”-er in those previous statements.
I’ve got your back though. I find that my biggest downfall when trying to stick to my resolution is being vague in my goals and failing in the planning stage.
Sure making the decision, I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to get more organized, I’m going to enrich my spirituality, is half the battle.
The other half, is planning, planning, planning.But Sarah…
I know, I know. The planning isn’t as much fun as the results part. But, I promise it’s worth it!
Whether you’re a baby-stepper or a full on minute by minute planner, I’ve broken down a way to help you (&& me in the process, whoop) make your resolution a reality!
Alrighty, let’s break this bad boy down.
Step One: Make up your mind.
We all use the new year as a fresh start, no secret there.
You imagine that when day breaks on the 1st, you’ll emerge from your fantasy cocoon a magical butterfly. A butterfly who leaves all their shizy habits and old problems behind. A transformation will have bestowed superpowers upon you like the ability to go jogging at 6am.
Well with that naive approach, you’re going to have more issues than Vogue if you don’t make a firm decision on your resolution.
This resolution needs to be something that has plagued you, but it’s also something simply said.
If it is trivial or too complex then it’s easier to brush off.
The only way to retain your passion for change is to decide and put all of your effort into resolving a problem.
I’m always broke=I need to budget better.
I’m 25lbs heavier than my goal weight=I need to eat right and exercise.
I don’t feel God’s presence in my life=explore your spirituality until you establish that connection.
(Have I covered the most popular ones?)
Good! (If you said no, I’m just going to move on anyway. I can’t wait around here all day…oh wait…I’m technically a webpage sooooo take your time no rush ha!)
Step Two: Get specific
If you are too general in your resolution statement, you’ll be lost in disciplining yourself.
Rather than saying I’m going to lose weight, say, I’m going to exercise 3x a week and count calories.
This way, you can’t justify that getting spinach on your pizza is a “healthy” option.
Make your resolution checklist-able where your goals and objectives are clear.
Step Three: Be reasonable
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
5k in debt won’t be resolved in a weekend of double and triple shifts.
Rock hard buns weren’t baked in a week of Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque workouts.
Pace yourself and start small. If you conquer your first goal, you’ll be pumped for the second.
If you fall flat on your face in the first week, you’ll take a nap the second.
Step Four: Make a visual tool
A goal calendar is a great way to pace your goals in a check list type fashion. Assign yourself 1-3 goals per month in accordance with your resolution and voila, a (free) plan!
Fill one out and put it somewhere you’ll see it at least 2-3x a day. Tape it to your fridge, make it your screen saver, tape it in view of your toilet. I don’t care where it is as long as you don’t forget it exists.
Here’s an example of mine for inspiration.
You are always welcome to do more than your goals and practice working on the next month’s goals. This is just your bare minimum for reaching your resolution. Each month you add to your already transforming lifestyle.
Like what you see so far?
Good! Let’s keep going 🙂
Step Five: Motivate a friend, build a community
Keep yourself honest by enlisting a support system. Share your goals with a friend or friends and encourage each other to progress.
Oh yeah, if you choose to follow the plan I’ve outlined above, you’ll have me to do it with!
Not a bad default deal there.
Step Six: Don’t wait, start now.
Don’t put this off until the 1st. If you’re truly inspired, start now!
This should be you rn:
If you take baby steps today and wean yourself off of your carbs, then you won’t have crazy massive cravings tomorrow.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this! I hope it has given your day something Simple && Sweet.
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Have Simple&&Sweet Holidays!