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Resolutions vs goals

Happy New Year friends!!!

After a hectic December I took some real time off, involving one too many hours of Netflix, multiple face masks, manicures and daily sweat sessions – a pretty perfect way to finish out 2017 and get a head start on 2018. Like many of you, I also used this time to reflect on the year that that was, while thinking about what I’d like to get out of the next 52 weeks making up 2018. There’s something pretty wonderful about a fresh calendar isn’t there?

But I also want to confess something… are you ready?

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions 😱

Horrified? Shocked? Well hear me out…

It’s no secret that I’m a goal-oriented person. I firmly believe that continually setting goals is important. For me, this needs to an ongoing journey – when it’s limited to a once-a-year checklist my “resolutions” are usually forgotten by the end of the month (or the end of a cookie sleeve, whichever comes first 😂). But more than that, for years New Year’s resolutions have carried an inherently negative connotation, often centred around making sweeping declarations to change things I didn’t like about myself, rather than sitting down to assess the behaviours I wanted to change and creating goals to support that. Then, without fail, I’d be left feeling inadequate and like I’d failed myself (sound familiar?).

Now you might be thinking, “isn’t this all just semantics?” In a way, yes – but language is powerful, so finding the right words will also support you on your journey. After all take a look at the two definitions:

resolution noun \ res·o·lu·tion \ re-zə-ˈlü-shən something that is resolved

goal noun \ˈgōl an end toward which effort is directed

A year is a long time. Life shifts and priorities change. Rather than resolving to change certain things about yourself, why not set smaller goals that build towards, or support the changes you’re looking for?

Not sure where to start? Stay tuned – I’ll be sharing some of my current and new goals this Wednesday!

What your thoughts on new year’s resolutions? Have you set any goals or resolutions for yourself?

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