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“You ought to write down your goals. It serves as a guidepost and gives strength for purposeful action.”
Around this time of year there is so much written about making, keeping, and following through on resolutions. I have made them for the past few years and have had some success with implementing them and having some small things show up. For instance, I had travel as a goal for the past few years; however, during this time, the opportunity to take small more localized trips has materialized. While my resolution to travel certainly included smaller trips, my hope was to be able to take a longer and more exotic vacation.
After writing my resolutions for 2016, I pulled out some old journals that contained the previous year’s resolutions. Turns out that I have been making the same resolutions for a few years! A few I could cross off, but for the most part I desire the same things. Initially, this shocked me and I immediately went into judgment mode. Why can’t I get this done? Shouldn’t I be further along than this in these areas? After a few minutes of this I realized that being critical of myself was not going to get me where I wanted to be. How can I turn this around? Then I had a thought, our resolutions or goals are lived through our daily actions, habits, and thoughts. It is all well and good to set a goal of losing weight, but what actions can bring this about? So, I developed the following exercise:
Write a list of your resolutions. Be specific.
For each resolution write ways in which that resolution can be lived. What actions can you take on a daily basis? Get creative!
Lose 10 pounds-cook healthy meals at home, research gyms or memberships, work-out three times a week, take stairs at work, take short walks during breaks, plan meals, shop with a grocery list.
Travel locally and take longer vacation abroad-research weekend trips, save money weekly, join airfare watch service, sign-up for travel newsletter or group.
This process had an empowering effect on me because it gave me some tangible actions to focus on and to implement in my daily life. Surprisingly, I also discovered that I was already doing or had planned to do a few things that were in line with my new resolutions. So, I had made more progress than I had originally thought with past resolutions and I’ve got a jump start on going even further this year! Some goals take longer than others to accomplish, but getting creative with our daily actions and habits can be a more empowering path to living the life we desire.
I hope you find this exercise helpful and that you have a peaceful and prosperous 2016. Happy New Year!
About Annalisa Gramlich
Annalisa is an education research psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and registered yoga teacher. Annalisa offers counseling, life and professional coaching, and movement therapy using yoga practices. Her philosophy is holistic and she believes it is important to examine each part of life because she truly believes everything is connected when it concerns mental, emotional, and physical suffering and pain. Annalisa feels truly grateful to be doing this work and believes her purpose in this life is to assist others on their journeys to self-discovery and healing. You can reach Annalisa via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816.916.9642