By Samantha Taylor, Samantha Taylor Fitness
Yes, 2023 is here—hard to believe, I know. One good thing about a new year is that we can have a restart in our mind even if we aren’t setting resolutions. I KNOW the last few years have been intense, brutal in many areas, but I also know that if we live in the past, we carry it with us and have a hard time moving forward.
The negativity, frustration, or disappointment of the past can become very heavy, and dragging that around into our future weighs us down and affects our ability to fully live in the now, which is really all any of us have. I know what it’s like to have disappointment and frustration beyond comprehension.
However, I also know what it’s like to have to pull it together regardless of circumstances and still find joy, still praise God because He is God, still have hope for the future, and that even though tough things happen, you can still keep pressing forward and find out what is the next path for your life. The alternative is to just wallow in our pain and there is no point in that.
Having a fresh start is sometimes about a fresh outlook, a fresh attitude, and a renewal of pushing the restart button. As long as you are still breathing, it’s never too late for this. So I encourage you that even if you aren’t focused on setting resolutions, have a reset or refresh in your mind. Decide that you are going to start focusing on the positive, good things that are happening around you.
I do have to say I enjoy setting goals for the new year, and although some think its cliché and doesn’t work, that is only if you don’t work it. I have set massive, life-changing goals for the new year that have impacted my life greatly, but the key is you have to stick by what you say.
For example, 12 years ago, I set a goal to go a year with no alcohol. It was a very intense goal at the time to set, however I was committed to seeing what it was like to not have to depend on alcohol to relax or have a good time. And sure enough, 12 years later after setting a resolution to do it, I am still sticking to it. They work…if you work them!
So if you would like to set some resolutions here are some tips:
1) Write down on a piece of paper what you want to accomplish.
2) Write down WHY you want it, not just the thing you want but what is the emotional reason you want it? What is it going to do for your life?
3) Write down 3 small steps you can take to start implementing this goal.
4) Set a reward that you will give yourself when you accomplish that goal and just as important, set a consequence if you don’t accomplish it.
5) Track your progress (how are you doing with what you said you were going to do). 6) Adjust what you are doing if it’s not working.
I know these may seem like simple steps but they work, when you work them. I encourage you to think of something you want different in your life. Perhaps its losing weight or getting in better shape (which happens to be the #1 New Year’s goal).
If you would like some help and inspiration join me on my free online workshop Jan. 5th on New Year’s Goal Setting and how to succeed at accomplishing them. Go here to save your seat for free at www.SamanthaTaylorFitness.com/NewYear2023
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