New Year, New You?

Don’t be fooled, just because it’s New Year’s does not mean you will suddenly morph into a new person when you wake up on Friday! Did you know most people who make New Year’s resolutions fail within the first month? Not because they aren’t capable of reaching their goals but because they set unrealistic, and quite often, way too many goals. Don’t let this be you!

If you are ready to tackle 2016 and really pound through some of those goals you’ve been wanting to accomplish, here are some goal-setting pointers I find helpful.

1. First things first, define your priorities.
Goals that don’t align with your key priorities simply don’t work. You will not have enough inner drive to hold up to a goal if your priorities aren’t tightly woven into that goal.

For example, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds this year but your key priorities are your job, your family commitments, and your community involvement, then it will be very difficult for you to prioritize everything it takes to accomplish your weight loss goal.

Step one = Define your priorities. Some examples might be: your health, your family, your career, or your faith.

2. Set one goal for each key priority. Just one. This is your priority goal. Don’t get overwhelmed by setting too many goals. This is a pitfall and a recipe for failure. When you set just one goal for each key priority, you set yourself up for success.

For example, if one of your key priorities is your family then setting aside daily focused time with each member in the family might be your priority goal.

3. Set 3-5 action items for each goal. This is your game plan, your to-do list, your recipe for success.

If your key priority is your health and your priority goal is to lose 10 pounds, then your action items might look like this:

-sign up at the gym or reach out to Meryl and set up an exercise plan you could do from home
-clean up your pantry and stock the fridge with healthy and nutritious foods
-start using an app like My fitness pal to log your daily food intake
-take the stairs at work rather than the elevator

4. Last but not least, stay the course. Set yourself up for success by visualizing what success looks like for you. Defining your key priorities, choosing one goal for said priority, and setting up tangible action items will help you rock your goals this year. Review your goals on a weekly if not daily basis and track your success along the way.

I truly hope this year brings you much satisfaction, enjoyment, and success. Remember, if you can’t stop thinking about your goals then don’t stop working for them.

But above all, find happiness in your daily routine. In light of the recent incident in my hometown (tornadoes struck down the day after Christmas, just miles from my parent’s home, demolishing houses and leaving people with nothing), I’d like to urge us all to be grateful for each new day and each new opportunity to tackle our goals.

Happy New Year!
Meryl

Featured Recipe

Crisp Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. Fresh grated ginger
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup sliced apple
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup cooked quinoa

Directions:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, ginger, oil, and a pinch of salt.
Add the cucumber, apple, kale, and quinoa. Stir to combine. Enjoy!

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