I hate New Year's Resolutions. I tend to be of the opinion that if you want to change something about yourself, you don't need to wait until January 1 to start.
We're all too familiar with the hoards of people attacking the gym on January 1 and by the end of the month, gyms across the world retreat back to the human population of Antarctica.
(*Side note) Stores have figured this out and are preying on the weak. I swear, one day after Christmas the entire winter stock is off the racks and all I see around me is a sea of spandex and sports bras. Your New Year's Goals are now consumerist currency!
Most of the time, people don't really stick to their resolutions. In fact, it would make more sense if they were called "Two-week Resolutions" instead.
By no means is this your classic "New Year, New Me" bullshit but I do think it's important to take a moment and look back on how far I've come in the past year. Count the accomplishments and reflect on the shortcomings... figure out what can be done better in the future.
Real goal-setting is actually a science - SMART goals will come up in all aspects of your professional career. When setting a goal, it needs to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results focused and Time bound.
But my resolutions aren't exactly goals, rather a few personal mantras I want to apply every single day. Small, consistent efforts make a world of a difference. These small changes, if repeated enough, quickly become habits. Soon enough, they will seem to be second nature. To me, this is more attainable than any grandiose goal I may set for myself.
So without further ado, here are my 2016 mantras:
- Invest more time in writing - and the blog.
When I have an idea, I'm going to write it down. Follow through with those ideas and develop them further. I will make a conscious effort to publish more posts on this blog and share my wacky thoughts with you. And all those posts I currently have in drafts? I will finally finalize them and post them for your enjoyment.
- Make healthier choices every day.
This doesn't mean I'm pushing myself to go to the gym every single day. But instead of devouring that third slice of pizza, I'll have some veggies instead. Or maybe get the rice bowl instead of the entire burrito +double guac at Chipotle. Or walk for 20 minutes instead of taking the Skytrain for two stations.
And the most important mantra of all:
- Do one thing every day that makes me better.
It may be uncomfortable, it may be awkward. But every day, I will try to something that makes me better - both on a professional level as well as personal. I will Introduce myself to someone I look up to, I will tell someone I appreciate them. That workshop or networking event that's coming up... I'll be there.
Here's to an even bigger, better 2016! Cheers!
What about you? Is there something you want to achieve in 2016?
Let me know in the comments below.