I know many people have resolutions for the new year, but I feel like I’ve strayed a bit from that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with resolutions, but I’ve become more fond of the mindset of small goals and lifestyle shifts whenever the desire strikes. Anytime of the year is the perfect time for a shift, or transition—not just the start of the new year.
Sometimes when we prolong things, we find reasons and excuses not to move forward versus taking action. That’s why I prefer small, mindful shifts that don’t seem overbearing, and are attainable. Nice and steady wins the race. And once you accomplish one, you continue to build on your goals. It’s great to have big goals and visions, but it’s also important to break them down. When you’re so used to a certain way of life, sometimes going cold-turkey or “going hard” can be a bit abrasive and place extra stress on the shift you’re truly trying to make. So rather than have a long list of resolutions, or think of new goals, sometimes I just simply look at how I can improve things that are currently in my life like – relationships, career opportunities, eating and workout habits. Nothing necessarily has to be “so off,” I can just look for ways to make life a little sweeter or keep the consistency and reflect on what’s really working to keep that going.
For example, my daily read, meditation, and gratitude practice have made such a difference in my life. So the umbrella theme for me in 2021 is consistency. Building off what has been a blessing to my life in 2020 – and that’s okay! So keep that in mind when you’re thinking about your next goal, or resolution — what is your intention? Once you clarify that, then create from there!