Merry Christmas! Happy (almost) New Year!
This is one of my favorite times of year; this down time between Christmas and the New Year! Time to revel in all the happy holiday feelings, and plan with optimism the New Year.
I LOVE planning, and I LOVE New Year’s time.
I don’t necessarily love the idea of waiting until New Year to make improvements. (Eat your vegetables today, obviously. Don’t wait a week. Go for a walk now!)
BUT – I LOVE the unbridled optimism, the hope, and the energy surrounding the New Year. Since it’s pretty much here right now, why not use that to channel your energy into your goals?
Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019
This might sound like a big ole “DUH” but the easiest way to reach your goals is to be crystal clear about them. It’s too easy to get through just this workday, this week, or the next little project. Before we know it, time passes and we haven’t really gotten anywhere.
If you are intentional about moving toward goals, instead of passing through time, you will infinitely stack the odds in favor of reaching your goals.
What Do You Want?
What do you want in 2019? This is a big question! Ok, start with this: What is important to you?
Take time to sit down and think on this. Figure it out. Write it down.
It’s ok if you still have questions. The process of figuring out what you want and how to get there is just that: a process. Some things you’ll figure out as you go. Some things require forethought and planning.
Some Questions to Get You Started
Do you want 2019 to be the same as 2018? If so, good! Don’t do anything different. Keep doing what you’re doing.
If you want to be healthier, richer, less busy, you’ll have to make some changes. Ask yourself these questions:
What do you do on Saturday afternoon, when your time is yours?
What do you do when you get to do what you enjoy?
What’s stopping you from doing that more?
If you can’t think of things that bring you joy, look at your calendar and your bank account. Where you choose to spend your time and money is usually what brings you happiness.
What have you always wanted to do that you put on the “to do in the future” list (which of course is a moving target)?
What do you want to make? Art, woodworking, calligraphy?
What did you love as a kid?
What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
Write It Down!
Seriously, go write it down! Burn the list later if you don’t like it. Perfection doesn’t matter. The good ideas will stick with you, and you’ll find what you really want keeps popping back in the forefront of your mind.
Email me or leave in the comments what you’re going to move forward with this year! I can’t wait to hear!
Go make 2019 yours!!
On my list: gardening again, painting for fun, and keeping my blog current! (Email me if you have ideas you’d like me to cover!)
If your goals involve fitness and you’d like my help, I’d be honored! I have a workout plan you can do on your own, and I have some morning and mid-day sessions available in the Austin area.
Message me on this page if you’d like to get started!
About the author
Kathryn Alexander is a strength coach and personal trainer in Austin, Texas. She loves hiking, college football, and the feel of a perfectly knurled barbell. Read more about Kathryn here.