2016 is just around the corner, and this year I’ve decided to set goals instead of resolutions. And you might be wondering: “What’s the difference?” Surely changing the word you use doesn’t really affect your ability to stick to new habits, right?
I’m choosing to set goals (instead of “resolutions”) because to me, goals are things I can work toward in stages. I’m not expected to get it perfect right away, but to instead spend the whole year cultivating good habits.
Resolutions, on the other hand, are so easy to give up – simply because a spot on your record means you’ve failed. You’re expected to start with and maintain an excellent score, with no room for exceptions.
So, in the spirit of setting positive habits in 2016, here are my goals for the year:
- Read up. Try to read 3 books a month.
- Find my zen. Establish a daily yoga practice.
- Train hard. Run 4 times a week (until the London Marathon), then get some general exercise 4 days a week thereafter.
- Hydrate, inside and out. Drink more water, moisturise after the shower, and take better care of my skin and hair.
- Smile! Floss (more) regularly.
- Stay in touch. Write at least 1 letter/card/email per month to friends and family, not including birthdays and Christmas.
Any tips for staying on track on the above? Or have you set some goals for 2016 as well? Leave a comment below and let me know!