Believe it or not, I love New Year’s Resolutions. I think it’s a great time to reflect on your life; what you want to change, improve and leave behind. However, most of us create resolutions that do not come to pass. They are too hard, too fast and not meaningful enough to make happen. We make promises of too many things. Yes, you might want to lose 5 pounds. But probably not bad enough to take it off and keep it off any more than you were last year. So, if you really want your resolutions to stick, spend some deep thought on what you want, why you want it and how you are going to get there.
Sometimes, making your Resolution public can make a big difference. It helps you commit when all the world hears what you want to do. So, I share with you now my personal resolutions for 2009 (and how I’m going to get there).
Like most people in today’s world, I am over-committed. I am doing too much and feel spread too thin. So, I sat down and made a venn diagram. I decided to put my most important items in each circle. 1) My Family, 2) My Business, 3) My SELF. I am committing to improving each area by doing one thing.
MY FAMILY – I believe that anything worth having takes work. It takes time and focus. Our family is often neglected because we just assume that they are going to be there, that they are fine. My company, Stroller Strides, makes progress each month because of monthly meetings. We review the month, find focus and set goals. We hold each other accountable. I am going to start monthly meetings with my family. I’m not “going corporate” on them, but I think my family can benefit from the same focused energy. We can check in to see how everyone’s doing, if something is bothering someone and to help each other throughout the year. We can focus on different character traits and find ways for our family to give back to the community.
MY BUSINESS – This area of my life already gets daily attention. However, this year I plan on getting some new projects off the ground. I am going to follow my book, Lean Mommy, up with another book to help moms raise healthy families. There’s a saying that you can’t work on your business when you work in your business. This year, my resolution is to focus on new projects such as the book, speaking engagements and some video projects. I have set my corporate team up so that they can run efficiently and can free me up to get these projects done.
MY SELF – All of my articles show you that I believe taking care of yourself is essential to all else. Your own health is the backbone to the rest of your life. If you neglect your body, it cannot take you where you want to go. I have been committed for a long time now to exercising regularly, eating well (could be better) and stressing less. So my resolution this year is to get more measurable. I am going to start the year off with some fitness and health tests. I want to see a measurable improvement in my cholesterol (which is suprisingly poor due to hereditary), my strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Of course, there is so much more that I would like to do and could do. For instance, I would like to read more. I have often set a goal to read a book each month. I would like to do more charity work. The list goes on. I’m sure that I will put energy in to lot’s of things. But I am committing to a few things and I am making them non-negotiable in my life. Each year, these resolutions add up. Each year, I become more fulfilled, healthier, happier, because I am pushing myself to grow. So, take your resolutions seriously this year. Give yourself some time to reflect, to make a plan, and to move in your own positive direction. Happy Healthy New Year everyone!