As 2017 approached, I broke away from my tradition of setting New Years Resolutions inspired by a trend on social media which was to resolve to make no resolution. Pretty much an anti-New Years Resolution movement.
Now let me tell you, this was no easy feat for someone who is a perpetual goal setter. I love challenging myself to be a better version of me. To me, it is an act of self-love to push myself to try something I have always wanted to, but have feared because of perception of others or limiting beliefs from myself. Even when the result is not so glamorous and I momentarily loathe myself for voluntarily putting myself in such position, the fact that I believed I could, and tried makes it all worth it. After all, we all have just one life to live.
As much as I love my lists, and challenging myself, I did however notice, certain items or goals I had set out to make happen, just didn’t. Self-assessing, for me personally having a full year to do, go, or try something made it very simple to push back mainly because I was not truly prioritizing these wants and desires, despite them repeatedly making it on my resolutions list.
There is an industry out there dedicated to helping people meet their goals. For fitness, we have our promising guidelines that state “it takes 4 weeks for you to see the change, 8 weeks for your friends, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world- keep going!”. So we try, to make it to the twelve-week mark. For other goals, we wish to create a positive habit to replace a not so great one, with the age old “it takes 21 days to create a habit” mantra, which has now been replaced by 66-90 days.
Attaining your goals, creating new habits can seem daunting and overwhelming when the time line appears to be lengthy, or when we try to go about them all at once. That is why this year, I am trying out monthly challenges, to segment out my goals and to still have time to do the rest of the fun stuff on my list.
My monthly challenges will require me to pick one or two items off my list to accomplish that week. Conditional with life’s obligations I can pick and choose which will be most likely to be accomplished, and go from there. There will be the repeat challenges such as increasing my strength when it comes to fitness, but other items such as books to read, places to visit will vary.
I plan on keeping you posted on my challenge journey or have any tips and tricks feel free to share!