Day One of the New Decade – What are you doing?
This question needs to be on our lips and in our thoughts today. People, we meet ask “Have you made any New Year resolutions?” This will gain a variety of responses from a flat out No to a selection of tried and previously failed, half-baked, plans.
To have the best chance of success, whip up a plan that is specific, measurable, realistic and time-bound. Remember SMART.
A common goal after the conspicuous consumption that is Christmas, is weight loss. Set a specific goal – I want to be wearing a size 10 swimsuit by the beginning of April.
You can measure your progress towards your goal week by week.
By setting a realistic goal you are not going to give in at the first sign of a challenge. We’ve all been there, we hop on the scales expecting progress, only to find we have had a setback.
Setbacks are normal. Being observant and realistic teaches us that life is full of disruption. It is how we deal with that disruption that counts. Please do not think that I am trivialising serious matters. Far from it. My perspective is borne from experience.
Songs are great at firing motivation. I’m reminded of the song by Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
Returning to that swimsuit, use it as a reward, research your preferred style and design, as you approach your goal, decide when you will buy your gift to yourself. Celebrate success. You have earned it!
Having a weight-loss goal is but one popular resolution. What are your resolutions for 2020? Perhaps you want to learn a new skill? There are hundreds of courses available. Many are free, others are available for as little as £10.00. Try researching one of the popular platforms like Udemy – I’m enrolled to learn how to use Affinity Photo, a tool for improving photo image quality.
You could consider trying a MOOC, a multiple online open course. Universities have been offering these for some time now. You can learn at your own pace. If it suits your needs you can also get a qualification.
Taking care of the mind and body!
These should be goals that we are all happy to attend to as they lead to a better performing human. Think of it as your January tune-up.
Pop the kettle on, make yourself a mug of your favourite beverage. Grab a pencil and a note pad and get SMART.
That is day one thinking! This decade has over three and a half thousand days. Let’s use them wisely to plan, achieve and enjoy. Happy New Year. Happy New Decade.