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  • Writer's pictureDr. J

Resolution of 2022

Updated: Dec 30, 2021


Ah yes... New Year and your new resolutions.


Many find the New Year a refreshing chance to set new visions, cast new goals, and venture into a fresh new year; leaving behind all unwanted and unnecessary life baggage.


For others, it's cringeworthy.

The thought of a new goal, just because the calendar flipped over another month, and they now have to remember to write a different year when dating things... it's just obnoxious.


Regardless if it's at the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, or a week later, WHY NOT set out to make 2022 your best year yet? (I'd love to hear a good argument against it!)


Heck, most of us just need a complete reboot after the holidays!


Maybe you're uber driven by goals that you set, and will not stop at anything until you hit those goals. Or, you're really like setting goals, but like to take it a little slower and just... see how the cards fall. We all operate differently, but changing your mindset around how you set visions and goals, and then your action steps to carry those out, can make a massive difference in your success.


Let's dive into some easy ways to jumpstart your new year, into your best year yet!




 


Pick ONE thing
& Get Clear

First, and foremost; you will want to dig DEEP to find what you truly want. I mean what you REALLY want. Even if it means going to great lengths to get it. Making sacrifices you wouldn't for other things. And once you get there... does envisioning that accomplishment truly MOVE you? Is it something that you would feel proud about? These are good signs that you're on the right track. Get a CLEAR vision of that. What's the process like? What's it going to take to get there? Of course there will be obstacles, but how will you persevere and enjoy the process? What small steps can you claim victory over along the way? (Yes, every one of these steps can be seen as a goal, and an accomplishment! As most good things in life are a process and take time;)


Got it? Good! Lock it in.


Now, write that down. Somewhere where you will see it. Everyday.


Of course there are a million things you could, and think you should try to tackle at once. But you will be shooting yourself in the foot after about a week. Most of us are stretched thin the way it is with everything else in life. Adding on additional 'stressors' will only make your brain revert back to comfort mode even quicker. Because, let's be real, any lifestyle change requires us to get outside of our comfort zone. Human nature doesn't like change. It will resist it, and that's why persistency is key, along with a rock-solid mindset.


Yes, it's good to open up your conscious and subconscious mind to many things that you want, and progressively work towards them. Your relationships, career, family, health, hobbies, materialistic goods, etc SHOULD get your energy and focus to some degree. It is possible to address all of these dynamics, but for the sake of the New Year and getting the best start possible... lets CRUSH one thing in particular that you know will have an impact on most or all of these other aspects anyway.



Action Step:


Your 2022 GRAND VISION: _________________________________________________



Plan


Don't skimp here! All great visions, and all great goals DESERVE time and effort. You're cheating yourself of your potential by skipping this essential step.






Questions to think, and more importantly, write down an answer these:

  • What is it that you want to accomplish?

  • WHY?

  • How will it impact your life?

  • Who else will it impact?

  • Break it down: What's the first action step? When will you start (no matter what!)? What steps along the way will get you to where you want to be?

  • What obstacles will you hit? How will to crush those and persevere?

  • What happens when the excitement and motivation trickle away... what will you anchor to in order to keep driving forward?

  • How are you going to measure progress?

  • How will you react to opposition, set backs, and 'failure'? (hint... there is no such thing as failure ;)

  • What does your timeline look like? When will you have specific things done by/a set routine down/etc?


Action Step:


Yes, physically write out your answers to the above :)






Start with Small Steps

When in doubt...

JUST START


The only one getting in your way is the 3 pound slimey mass between your ears.


It doesn't have to be drastic.

But procrastination will drown those dreams, and make it entirely impossible to start later.


Is exercising part of your plan, but you haven't exercised since middle school gym class and don't know where to start? Whelp, just start walking. Or biking. Or doing some push ups. Some squats. Just... something. Everyday. Get use to making these a part of who you are and what you do, and not just something you think you should do.


Know you should address your diet? Start by drinking more water. Make an oath to make 90% of your own meals, cut out all processed foods, reduce sugar intake as close to zero as possible, reduce simple carbohydrates, and just load up your plate with veggies/healthy fats/healthy proteins. Do that for 4 weeks and see where you end up!



Action Step:


  • How will you just start?


  • What are your next 2 steps after that to improve/reach the next level?





every process
takes time

This is an easy principle to miss when you're frustrated and beat down. When you're not getting the results you would like, it's easy to let the excuses flood in, and the justifications flow out.


Just remember... EVERYTHING good, takes time.


Nothing happens overnight. Your career, your health, your relationships, raising happy/healthy kids... you name it. There are no miracle short cuts to producing lifelong results.



Action Step:


  • What is one thing that took time... but was well worth it?


  • Realistically, what do the timeline of your goal look like?





Embrace it


It's in the process, that we discover our weaknesses. We struggle. We fail.


Good.


That's where growth happens.


What you gain from those moments are priceless opportunities to grow stronger and more resilient. The next time a situation comes around, you'll conquer it.




Action Step:</