Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!
We all know that the end of the year and bringing in the new year comes with a lot of hopeful and ambitious goals. The joke is always about how they never last. While I have had my fair share of unmet resolutions (pretty much every year), I want to encourage you to set resolutions anyway. It’s better to try to improve and fail or partially succeed than to not try at all and become stagnant. With that being said, I want to give you suggestions for the types of goals you should make for the year 2019.
Make this year’s resolutions all about adding to your life and the lives of others.
- Set a goal that will increase your knowledge.– Never stop using your brain. You’re never too old to learn something new. Pick something new to learn about such as a topic you are interested in, a language, a sport, or new hobby. Accomplish this by reading books and articles on the topic, taking a class, watching videos, and practicing and doing!
- Set a goal that will increase your spiritual knowledge and health.- Set a goal that is going to grow your faith in God. Just like you’re never too old to learn something new, you are never to old to increase your spiritual knowledge and we can always use spiritual health boosters. Ideas for this would be: set a specific amount of time to spend in prayer each day, reading your Bible, starting a Bible, or being more active in a church. Accomplish this by setting a specific and measurable goal, and find someone to either do it with or keep you accountable.
- Set a goal to increase your activity level with an activity YOU like.- It’s easy to be busy and inactive. It’s also easy to hate exercise because it seems like punishment for foods you eat. Activity doesn’t have to be any of those things. Being physically active can be any number of things. Again I emphasize, pick something YOU like. Choose something that makes you feel good and energizes you. I’ll give you my goal for the year here. I love getting stronger by lifting weights and running faster. These things energize me. I have set measurable and specific goals for both of these. Again, these can be accomplished by making sure your goals are specific and measurable and having someone to keep you accountable.
- Set a goal to add a food or foods to your diet that will benefit your health.– A common thought I hear from clients is that I am going to take away all their favorite foods. I love when I instead get to focus on ADDING foods to their diet. While there is definitely a time to decrease your intake of certain foods when you realize you are overeating them based off your individual needs, often there are just as many foods you could add to your diet to increase your health. I also believe that adding more nutrient dense foods may crowd some of the not so nutrient dense foods that you may want to eat less of. Ideas for this goal are increasing your calcium intake, fiber intake, omega- 3 intake, water intake, fruit and vegetable intake. Accomplish this by find the types of food that have the nutrient you want to increase and set a goal to consume it a certain amount of times per day or week.
- Set a goal to do something that will benefit the lives of other people.-We all have ways we can help someone else. There are many ways and opportunities to do this. Figure out someone or a group you would like to help and the talents God has gifted you with. Use your special talents to add to the lives of others.
Thank you to all of you who have read my blog in the 2018 year. It has grown a lot, and I am setting resolutions for this coming year that I hope will continue to increase this growth. I pray that what you find on this site speaks to you and uplifts you always.
What are goals you making this coming year?