Happy New Year! Can you believe we are beginning a New Year? Have you thought about your new year goals? Have you written them down? If not, it is time to do it!
I always get excited at the start of a new year. The new beginning, the plans, the goals – I just love the excitement of it all!
3 “M’s” of New Year Goals
Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans make new year goals or resolutions? The sad fact is that less than half of them remain consistent after 6 months! I get it, it is hard to keep the enthusiasm going with the day to day of it all.
To help set goals that we will stick to, there are 3 guidelines that I think are important. Here are 3 M’s for your new year goals
1. Manageable – Goals need to be realistic. I would love to run a marathon in 2017 but realistically, I do not have the time for that type of training. So, that is not a manageable goal for me. Or, a goal that I can realistically do while maintaining the rest of my life and responsibilities.
2. Measurable – Goals need be tangible. You need to be able to see the progress you are making. That is why the printable Daily Life Planner is important – you can write down your daily goals, exercise log, daily Bible reading…and see that you are meeting your goals. If you aren’t meeting goals, there is no shame in reevaluating the goal and adjusting your expectations of yourself!
3. Meaningful – Goals need to be important and be a priority for us to stick to and accomplish them. For me, the past year was difficult physically. Because of this, health goes are especially important to me for the new year. I am willing to do what it takes to feel better and enjoy better health for the long run.
I think that we can help each other stick to our new year goals by sharing them and being accountable to someone for encouragement and prayer. So, I’ll go first:
My New Year Goals
Here is a list of my new year goals – it may not be exhaustive but it is a good summary.
1. Sleep – allow 9 hours of sleep per night. That means getting to bed earlier!
2. Exercise – 5 times per week. I will be doing a mix of the following to keep variety in my routine:
I have used a rebounder off and on for years. It is good for your lymph system and cardio. You can spend as much money as you want for a rebounder but I have the one linked to which is very reasonable. It is a good size and although it folds up, I just lean it against the wall in our guest bedroom where it is out of the way but easy to get to. I use Netflix to take my mind off what I am doing and before I know it, 45 minutes is gone!
Walking is an all-round good exercise! John has just mowed my walking path around the vineyard which makes 1 mile if I go full circle. I love my fitbit to keep up with my progress. I had the fitbit one for several years and after being lost several times in the vineyard and going through the wash at least twice, it died. Now I have the fitbit zip and so far am very pleased.
For strength training, I will be using the plan from Oxygen, Your Best Body – you can see it by clicking on the link. Being away from strength training for awhile, I wanted a workout that starts easy and builds intensity. I already have the bands so it will cost me nothing to try! Subsequent months are linked at the bottom of the article.
3. Daily Bible Reading – I like to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I am planning to have a Read Through the Bible in a Year plan as part of the Daily Life Planner that you can print and check off as you read each day. Here are a couple of books available in paperback or kindle: Read Through the Bible in a Year (starts in Genesis) and The Daily Bible in Chronological Order (if you prefer chronological).
4. Blogging – I plan to be more consistent with posts and include more organizational posts to help you make the most of what God has given. I also have plans for several more ebooks and am considering making them available on Amazon.
5. Personal Growth – I will be sharing with you books throughout the year that I am reading. The children gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas and even though I am still learning it, I love it!
Now, it’s your turn – what are your new year goals?
I would love to hear your new year goals for 2017 – leave a comment and let’s help each other be accountable!