What are you doing in 2020?
“For most of us, the problem is not a lack of goals. But rather too many of them.” – Roy F. Baumeister
"It’s a new year and a new you." Raise your hand if you’ve seen that quote slapped all over the media in the last 2 weeks. I certainly have. While it is cliche, it is refreshing to have a hard date to look forward to (or maybe not) as a chance to reset and refocus.
You may or may not believe in new year resolutions, but for about 10 years I have been using January as a chance to set goals for the year rather than resolving to do something. That is with the exception of a full year of bringing the shopping cart back to the carousel ...regardless or rain, sleet, snow, wind, or tornados in 2018.
Goal setting can be exciting. Most of us love doing it. It’s a time to think about the future. To plan, visualize, and dream. As my cousin, also in the fitness industry wrote,
“The quote brings to light that this strength is however a double-edged sword. For we can create so many goals that we actually dilute our focus. And dilute our time and effort. It’s not that some aren’t important to us, but… if everything is important, then nothing is important.”
That being said, I divide my goals setting into 5 categories and limit my goals to 3 within those categories.
Each year at the end of December I shop for the perfect notebook where I write these goals down. It’s usually a book that I use on a daily basis throughout the year and my goals are on the first few pages and in my face every day. It helps keep me honest and focused.
Over the past years I have been able to look back in December and check off my list. It’s gratifying and keeps me centered during times of turmoil.
Give it a try this year and let’s see what 2020 brings!