Ten days into 2017! It's reality check time... how are you doing?
If your answer is something along the lines of "welllll...... I went to the gym on a Tuesday once, but...." then this is for you!
January 1st rolls around, we get over our hangovers, and then we start to really think about what we want to change in our lives in the new year. New Year, New Life, right? The truth about resolutions is.... a different number on the date doesn't really CHANGE anything. The reason that so many people fail in their resolutions is that it's not easy to make changes overnight, and that's usually what resolutions entail. "Tomorrow is a new day, it's a new year, I'll do it tomorrow. 2017 will be GREAT!"
And then we mull over the last year, we think about how much it sucked, and decide that the new year is going to be SO much better. Truth is.... it's not. Unless you do what I'm about to tell you ;)
1. Change your 'tude dude
2016 didn't suck. 2017 won't suck either. What you need to do, is change your attidude. Find the good in every bad thing. Your boyfriend dumped you? Good, he was a jerk anyways. Now you get to focus on you. Your Grandma died? That sucks. I know that sounds harsh but..... Maybe you should do something in her honor. She crocheted a lot, make your granny proud and learn how to crochet. Plant a tree in her memory. I'm not saying this to be a jerk... Truth is, my Granny passed away in 2016. And it was a TERRIBLE thing, how it happened....my mom's sister's hid her from us in a nursing home and cut off communication, didn't tell us that she had passed away right away, lied to us about the whole situation... up to and including the DATE and PLACE of the funeral. Seriously, you think your family is crazy. HA! I was broken over this. Seriously broken... I didn't get to say goodbye. I didn't get to hug her or tell her I loved her, or even give her the memory book I had made for her to help her through her progressing dementia. I digress... my point is, there is good in everything. Even though I'll miss my grandma, I know that she wants me to kick ass. So that's what I'm going to do.
Find the good in EVERYTHING.
2. MAKE THE RESOLUTION THAT YOU REALLY WANT
Really take a moment and think about what you want for 2017. Don't just make the random blah resolutions. Turn "I want to lose weight" into "I will work out everyday and stop drinking pop." Turn "I want to be organized" into "I will organize something every day."
3. Write it down
I'll say it again... WRITE IT DOWN. Throw a note up on your fridge. Make it your password for your computer. Scribble it on your mirror in lipstick. Put a sticky note on your desk. I even take it a step further... I touch my goal everyday and say it out loud. Get that in your head and in your life, and you'll be looking at the new you real soon!
4. Make a plan
If you want to lose weight, you're not going to do it without a meal and exercise plan. (I should add, if that is your goal, you really need to email me ASAP so I can help you out with it. I gotcha!)
When was the last time a football team won the Superbowl without a game plan? I'm not really a sports junkie, but I'm pretty sure they go in with a plan. That's the same with life. In order to make that touchdown, you're going to have to make a game plan. What plays are you going to make daily? Who is going to be your coach? It sounds silly, but there are a ton of free resources out there for coaches, whether it's fitness, life, financial, or otherwise. Get yourself a coach that specializes in your goal. Again, if your goal is fitness and you don't have a free coach, email me and I'll be your girl. If it's organization, find yourself a podcast or vlogger who specializes in that. If you want to learn how to macrame, find yourself a YouTuber who is a rockstar macrame-er.
If you follow these steps, you're going to hit your goal. :)
So tell me... what are your goals?
Jillian Shanahan is an online job coach, mentor, and teacher.