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Set Habits Instead of Goals

It is three days into January, have you made your New Years Resolutions for 2018?
If not, that is okay because I want to share with you something a little different today.

I want to put a little twist on the New Year’s Resolution. For years I set [loose] goals and never really achieved them, resulting in me feeling horrible and like I had failed. I’d write them here and there, on scraps of paper, put them somewhere in the house or office, and forget about them. I would find those goals later in the year and realize I didn’t even come close to achieving them.

What’s worse, because my goals never became a plan — I was certain the problem was me, which led to me feeling EVEN worse. So, eventually I grew exhausted feeling this way, I wanted to do something about it….. I really wanted to figure out a way to make these goals of mine become a reality. So I started small, not with a goal or a resolution, but with simple habits.

Set Small Habits To Get Big ResultsI began a daily gratitude journal where every day I write down at least one thing I am grateful for to help me stay focused on the positive in life.

I blocked out time in my day to work on the things that mattered to me most, AND to make sure I got to spend quality time with my family.

I started carrying a water bottle with me every day, in order to make sure that I am getting in enough water in on a daily basis and to help me curb cravings.

And soon enough, these small habits became a part of my daily life without thinking twice!

SO, here is my challenge to you…….Start a small habit or two this year. Can be something as simple as drinking 5 glasses of water a day, eating fruits instead of sweets, cutting out soda or stop eating fast food–

A SIMPLE habit/goal that is easily obtainable. Stay clear of making drastic changes quickly, as that will lead to frustration and cause you to want to quit. Instead, begin by adding small habits into your day until you do it without thinking. Once you are successful, the feeling of accomplishment and the feeling of improved health with build momentum for the next small habit.

The Power Of Daily HabitsOnce I learned the power of daily habits, I could begin setting goals again. And you know what? It’s been FUN to start obtaining goals.

It’s possible to achieve things in life you’ve always wanted by setting big goals to get there – the trick is understanding that they don’t happen overnight, or within a couple of weeks. Goals require daily practice with small daily habits along the way to get there.

So, what habits are you going to set yourself for 2018?