2016: YOUR YEAR

A New Year. I think it’s pretty safe to say that no matter what 2015 consisted of for you, you are excited and expectant for what’s to come in 2016. You are able to reflect on the amazing things that happened and leave behind (and learn from) the not-so-amazing things. No matter if it was a great year or a year of struggle we’re all happy and excited to see the possibilities that a new year can bring.

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A New Year means that we can look to the future, we can make plans and set goals, we can dream about bettering ourselves. I hear it all the time: “This is the year I’m going to lose weight, this is the year I’m going to start eating well, this is the year I’m going to workout, this is the year I’m going to…” only to find people frustrated by not being able to accomplish what they dreamt after a few weeks/months. Did you know that most people make the same new years resolution 10 times without success? Frustrated by being stuck in the same cycle. Can you relate? I know I can!

Agree with me that this year will be different for you. You won’t continue doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. When we read these words they seem like a very “duh” statement. But how often in our own lives do we live this out? If I’m not intentional about doing my laundry guess what, it doesn’t get done. If I’m not intentional about planning meals we are eating out far too often. If I’m not intentional about money it’s gone too fast. If I’m not intentional about true change then I’m moving in the wrong direction. It really is true that if we aren’t moving forward then we are moving backward. 2016 is a year of INTENTIONALLY moving forward.

Dreaming, goal planning, resolutions are all not “bad” things in themselves but if we don’t have a healthy grip on our reality they can also set us up for major failure and a few weeks/months into the year we can find ourselves defeated yet again.

Goals are visions and dreams with work clothes on.

Goals that work have 5 components:

1. Must be specific (I want to lose 20 lbs)

2. Must be measurable (I want to read 10 books instead of “I want to read more”)

3. Must have a time limit or broken into benchmarks

4. Must be YOUR goals and not someone else’s

5. Goals must be in writing*** Print out goals worksheet here

***This is the most important and overlooked step, a study from Dominican University, CA found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down*** My suggestion is getting a journal. Write your goals, journal about your journey in achieving them, remind yourself why you made them. Celebrate the successes.

This all comes down to how we think about whole health. This blog isn’t just about your physical health goals… Don’t believe the lie that you can “see” health. Trust me when I tell you, I’ve met healthy people who are many different sizes and shapes. I’ve also met unhealthy people who are many different sizes and shapes. I’ve been both of those people in my own life but I doubt anyone could tell besides myself and those closest to me! With our eyes we can’t see if someone has strong emotional health, spiritual health, absence of illness, physical strength, disordered approach to food, fatigue, etc. Whole health is about so much more than a dress size or a number on a scale. Whole health is about being better as a parent/spouse/friend/co-worker/employee. Taking care of our physical body is just one of the ways that you will have more energy, better overall health, hopefully more time on this earth to make an impact in your world.

Choose today to make 2016 a year of whole health for you, mind body and spirit. WRITE DOWN goals (with work clothes on) that touch on: family, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, social, career. Let’s do this together, you are the hero of your story, no one makes or breaks your 2016 except for you and you can do this. We can do this.