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Resolutions Vs. Goals

As I write this blog we are in the middle of a winter snowstorm. I am thankful for my warm cozy fireplace and my big picture window to look at the snow and not have to be out in it. I hope you are safe and sound and doing the same. Grab a coffee or hot tea and settle in for a cozy read.

Today's topic is Resolutions and Goals, January has come and gone and I wonder, are you still hanging on to your resolution? Have you started exercising or started that new diet?

Making a change in your lifestyle can be a challenge, whether it's stopping drinking or exercising every day or cutting out sugar. We all have ideas of what we would like to change about ourselves but setting up new habits can be a challenge! I would like to offer my advice on actually making that habit stick and turning it into a lifestyle change vs a resolution.

I have never been a fan of a resolution because its definition is "a firm decision to do or not do something". When it comes to healthy habits we need to go at them slowly and be mindful of our actions this will give us a bit of wiggle room when we hit small bumps in the road. Just honoring your intentions in small increments and being mindful of those intentions every day can help a habit stick.

I am a huge fan of setting small and attainable goals! A new habit usually takes a little more than 2 months — 66 days to be exact — and as much as 254 days, until it's fully formed. Therefore, setting a small goal feels easier to me. Let me give you an example: saying I am going to eat a salad for lunch 5 days a week is easier to attain than saying I am going to eat a salad every day for 2 months (doesn't 2 months sound a bit daunting?).

When it comes to goals here are my top tips to get you started:

  1. Write it down and keep it out in front of you so you can read it every day.

  2. Set a goal a week at a time and then build upon it.

  3. If you have a day when you don't reach your goal, don't give up, just get back to it as soon as you possibly can.

  4. Use a calendar to check off each day you achieve your goal.

Go ahead and set your goals now! There is no time like the present. XO

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