Happy New Year! It’s 2021 and hope is in the air. It might be possible you plan on setting a resolution. It’s an American tradition, however, unless we have appropriate goals our resolutions may not make it past January.
Before we can talk about resiliency, let’s talk about goals. Goals give us a sense of direction. Accomplished goals give us something to celebrate. When we accomplish a goal, no matter how big or small, we get a small dopamine hit. This can keep us motivated, but our goals need to be manageable so we can accomplish them often.
Donald Miller in his course on life planning (Business Made Simple) talks about this concept. For example, instead of making a resolution to workout every day at the gym for an hour and a half, 30 minutes of cardio and 60 minutes of lifting weights, but would have to join a gym, fit into workout clothes and find time in your already busy life, set appropriate goals. Start with choosing to walk every day for 5 minutes. This is accomplishable. When we miss a day, the consequence isn’t as great. When we complete our 5-minutes walk, check it off our list and feel great about our accomplishment, we are more apt to do it again the next day. We will most likely walk for longer than 5 minutes and our dopamine hit can keep us motivated. Over time, the habit will be formed and can be built upon.
Resiliency starts when we choose goals we could accomplish. This year my larger goal is to be healthier at the end of the year than I am now. Adding my desire to grow in resiliency I have decided to be more consistent in my yoga practice in the next 6 months. My smaller goal is to practice yoga at home five days a week for at least 10 minutes. (I’ll share with you how it goes.)
Accomplishable goals help our minds and bodies find consistency and routines for when we have a rough day. On a low day, it is easier to get back to a routine and accomplish goals when they are part of our daily life. This year, in preparation for resiliency, let’s choose goals we can incorporate every day.
Looking forward to celebrating accomplished goals and successful resolutions with you by the end of 2021.