2019 is here. And like many people, I like to think that new year equals a fresh start where I can conquer anything and everything! Get a raise/promotion at work – better yet, find that perfect job. Start cool, new hobbies. Lose weight. Read more. Volunteer. Blog. Be a better partner, friend, sister, daughter, colleague, marketer, human being. Etc. Etc.
But it’s nearly the end of January. And I’m already behind on achieving any of my aspirational goals. Including writing.
I recently read an article by Mark Manson Your Goals In Life Are Overrated where he talks about the problems with setting goals. They require an intense amount of effort and discipline. And many of us set goals that are usually a stretch – lose 20 lbs in 1 month. Save $1M . – so we set ourselves up for failure. I also want my efforts to be easy and perfect and I’m scared to fail. So I don’t even try.
Habits are more effective.
Manson says that creating and sticking to habits is much more effective. It’s fine to have goals, but it’s easier to focus more on the habits that underlie those goals. For me, weight loss is almost always a goal. But when I focus too much on the number, as soon as it isn’t going as well as I want, I end up gaining weight, feeling like crap, and hating myself.
A couple of years ago, I decided to make it a point to work out regularly. For me, it’s every day. Even if I’m tired, sick, sore, or just not in the mood, I make it a point to do something that gets me moving and my heart rate up. This little habit of working out every day has helped me reduce stress, improve mood, and maintain a happy weight. #701daysandcounting
Since it’s worked for my physical activity, I’m going to make it a habit to do other things I’ve been meaning to do and not be scared. Including writing. Please keep me accountable!
What habits are you going to adopt in 2019??