Around this time of year, all of us start thinking about where we’ve been and where we’d like to go from here. Resolutions are made to lose weight, learn new skills, right old wrongs, and more. But, so many of us fail to live up to our self-imposed standards, leading to a whole lot of disappointment to start the year off. Forbes even reported in 2018 that less than 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions after 30 days, which begs the question: Are resolutions really the way to make lasting, positive life changes?
For me, I never have much luck with hard and fast goals. I’ve been learning over the years that progress is more important than perfection; even the tiniest steps can lead you closer to your end result. Pressure is the enemy of progress, and while you should hold yourself accountable, guilting yourself when you trip up isn’t the way to go. Guilt often times causes discouragement that, for a lot of people, makes it more likely for goals to be given up.
So, this upcoming new year, try setting intentions instead of resolutions. Be determined in shifting your mindset as opposed to making milestones. Mindset shifts will lead to bigger, more sustainable long-term changes, sans the guilt. Mindfulness is key to becoming who you want to be.
Food for thought this season 🙂