Do you set yourself goals? Little ones? Big ones? In between ones? My goal-setting has always been a few roughly thought out promises to myself, somewhere around 10pm on New Year’s Eve, normally after a couple of drinks, perhaps a few cocktails I invented myself involving V, Gin and soda (true story).
The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that I forget about them almost instantly. My main goal in life is to be happy and since I’m pretty much always happy enough, I haven’t worried too much about bigger goals.
Until now. Something flipped in my brain this year as I worked towards getting to a healthy weight and suddenly I love goal-setting. I set weekly ones, little things that I know I wouldn’t get around to if I didn’t write them in my diary with a little box waiting to be ticked.
And I set big ones, like this year’s Auckland Half Marathon, a distance I haven’t run for five years which scares the bejesus out of me. I kicked off the Great Big Half Marathon Mission at the start of this month, coinciding with a monthly weight-loss challenge I’m doing on Facebook (again!)
One of the group challenges was to create a mood board for inspiration and I found myself putting one together with so much enthusiasm, I shocked myself. I haven’t had that much fun with a pair of scissors and a roll of tape in years! I highly recommend doing something like this if you have big goals this year. This one is sitting in my bedroom, staring at me as I get ready each morning and it is super motivating.
The Facebook group is quite motivating in itself, with people constantly posting new healthy recipes, inspiring quotes and stories about their weight loss. One member even introduced me to a cool printable called Become a better you, which helps you set goals in different areas, like ‘Diet’ ‘Saving’ ‘Kids’ and ‘House’. I love the idea of thinking of a few ways to improve your life, one little ticked box at a time.