Do You Really Need New Year’s Resolutions ?

Every year many of us make New Year’s Resolutions.  We are going to eat better, exercise, go to church regularly, call our mother, get more sleep, make more money, play with our kids, travel to….but did you know only 8% of those are achieved according to Statistic Brain Research Institute.

As a coach, I support everyone on their journey to be a better person.   I encourage clients to reflect on what their true desires are, what are their wildest dreams, but there is something about New Year’s resolutions that rub me the wrong way.  Maybe it is years of setting them for myself only to discover in March or April I have forgotten what they were.  Plus, when I have really needed to make changes in my life, it has not happened at the start of a new year.  I made the changes because I needed to or had to, just to survive another day.

The end of one calendar year and the beginning of another is an easy time to reflect on what it is we might really want in our life.  And I encourage you to use this quiet winter time to pull inward; to see what are your dreams and desires are.  But what I also offer you is a few alternatives to resolutions.
If you want to try something new check out these ideas:
1.    What is your theme for 2016?  I think this works best as a sentence or short paragraph.  It should describe what you want your life to feel like.
2.    Choose one word. Then post it somewhere you can see it each day.  Throughout the year use it to help with decisions and keeping you tuned into your desires.
3.    Create a vision board- It is a collection of images and words glued down in a collage.  And if you are a Bay Area Local, check out my vision board workshop happening in January.
4.    Write down positive affirmations that bring you closer to who you want to be.  Each day look in the mirror and tell yourself these affirmations.
5.    And if you really need goals, that is what drives you, use S.M.A.R.T. goals.