Resolutions are not final

It’s that time of year again, people sit around with friends and family reflecting on the year that has past and thinking about the year to come. What are your resolutions for this year? What were your resolutions last year? What resolutions did you achieve or better yet which resolutions did you fail to achieve or even start?

Resolutions can be goals you set for yourself at the start of the year. If you are focused on achieving that goal then you need a plan. A plan is what makes the difference between a goal and a dream.  Dream planning doesn’t exist but goal planning does. One of the common ways of planning a goal is to set milestones. These milestones should be specific by being measurable within a specific time frame (see SMART goals).

My 2015 resolutions

  1. Get into trail running
  2. Start a blog about cooking dishes in one pan
  3. Make a book for my friend

For the record I was 0 for 3 of my 2015 resolutions but I would say I was 2 for 3 for achieving my goal in other ways. In other words, the motivation of the goals.

A year is a long time and during that time what you thought was a good goal can change. What is the underlying reason you want to get into trail running? Is it to become a runner? Is it to be healthier? Is it to pick up a sport?

My 2015 resolution motivations

  1. Including cardio exercises in workout – ran a half marathon and now incorporate cardio at the end of weight training
  2. Share information about how to cook dishes faster – start a food blog on pressure cooking
  3. Make a book to learn about typography and setting pages so I learn more about design – did not happen but learnt layout and spacing

When you look at resolutions with the frame of motivations you can allow yourself to adapt to how you change throughout the year. This will help you look back at your year with a better light than regret that you didn’t achieve any goals.

Have a great 2016!

Posted this article on Medium as well


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