I genuinely do not think I have ever followed through with any new year’s resolutions.
Chances are you’re not one of the 8% of people who accomplish them. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days. I know this is an uninviting statistic but here’s the punchline, in 2020, we’re not setting resolutions, we’re setting goals.
After 21 years of successive failed attempt to become more active or go gluten free, I’ve decided that forcing myself to do things I really don’t want to do is a waste of time. After all, why the hell would anyone want to give up bread?! I am tired of constantly feeling bad for making false promises. Besides, who came up with the idea that we have to make “resolutions” on January 1st anyway? Shouldn’t we want to make progress in our lives every day?
So this new year, while we’re setting goals instead of making blood (or beet) sacrifices to go vegan, let’s all agree we will be inspired by our families, our passions, and our careers to become better, more fruitful people.
Oftentimes the smallest tasks can feel daunting. That’s why I’ve created these top 5 helpful tips to make your2020 the most inspired year yet:
- DON’T JUST DO IT. GET IT DONE: Feel motivated in everything you do. And whatever you do — and as the founder of Spartan Races, Joe De Sena shares in T4C episode #51, you won’t get anything done while you’re just sitting on the couch. While many times we’re given tasks from our bosses or colleagues that just seem pointless, try and get the most out of it and deliver them with everything you got.
- KICK THOSE BAD HABITS: New Year, New You. I’m not saying stop eating chocolate or go to the gym 7 days a week but try and get rid of those bad personal habits that slow you down everyday. One way to get rid of those ‘balls and chains’ according to mindfulness and meditation guru, Hugh Byrne, in T4C episode #43 is to take 10 minutes out of your day and set your intentions. Try and get up early, start your day with 3 things you’re grateful for to change your mindset.
- TURN YOUR INNER CRITIC INTO AN INNER COACH: Positive Psychology coach Fatima Doman explains in T4C episode #44 that we are always our toughest critics and it’s time to change that narrative. . Stop over analyzing your life and telling yourself everything you’re doing is wrong. Instead, Fatima says you need to focus on your authentic strengths (there are 24 of them) and “turn your inner critic to an inner coach.” Steady steps make life long changes.
- TAKE TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY AND BREATHE: It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the anxieties of life. So Emily Fletcher, entrepreneur and founder of online Ziva meditation, advises in T4C episode #58, that you can take back control of your life by making time for daily meditation to quiet your anxieties and allow you to focus on what’s really important. Just 15 minutes twice a day has the potential to change your life for the better.
- LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH ENERGY: What makes you happy? What is giving you energy? Pay attention to your life energy and follow it. Life Coach Ulrik Nerloe says in T4C episode #41 that you need to become aware of where you’re spending your limited energy because it’s the fuel to help you achieve your goals. And there are so many negative people and things that we shouldn’t give half a mind to but that negativity has the potential to drain us and hold us back from realizing our most successful selves.Think about how to refuel your energy ‘tank’ after an encounter with an energy vampire.
It really is true that inspiration is everywhere. So whether your goals are as big as starting a new company or simply meditating every day, make sure you stay committed — this new year — to reaching those goals. Make sure your goals are specific. If they are broad like resolutions, they’re far less actionable. The more specific you get, the more likely it is that you’ll accomplish them!