HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We rang in 2018 in our PJ's on the couch. It wasn't very glamorous, but that's really the only sensible thing to do when the wind chill is 30 below zero. We popped some champagne, ate grilled chicken and sweet potatoes, and worked tirelessly on this website until 3:00AM so that we could launch on January 1st. Thanks for all of your support and love over the last month!
I have never been a fan of New Years resolutions because 99% of the time people don't actually resolve their problems. People claim that they are going to do something really big like, "This year I'm going to lose 30 pounds," or "This year I'm going to quit smoking." But why do so many people fail? People are only looking at the end game. They don't consider the process or the work that needs to take place daily in order to accomplish their goal.
Here is what I have learned over the last year. You must take CONSISTENT action in order to accomplish your ultimate goal whether it's weight loss or making more money or learning how to play the guitar. What can you do every single day in order to earn the gold medal by day 365? Instead of making huge resolutions, we (my husband Eric and I) made first quarter (Jan-Feb-March) commitments. We just started with the first quarter because our commitments may need tweaking or may need to be broken down even further if we aren't seeing success by the end of March.
Here are my personal commitments:
1.) Read for 15 minutes before bed each night. >>> End goal is to read 1 book per month or 12 total for the year.
2.) Listen to 1 podcast per day. >>> End goal is to gain valuable tips and tricks to help me succeed in life and in business.
3.) Do some type of flexibility work every day (yoga, foam rolling, stretching). >>> End goal is to improve mobility and range of motion and eliminate chronic pain in shoulders and neck.
4.) Plan out the following day by writing out schedule in planner. >>> End goal is to become consistent with personal improvement (working out/flexibility/nutrition/sleep) and business processes (developing training programs/creating blog content/writing workouts/email marketing).
5.) Wake up by 6:30AM and start workout at 7:00AM each morning. >>> End goal is to create a consistent morning routine so that I can spend the rest of my day working on my business. (Right now I'm typically getting up at 7:00AM or 7:30AM and working out at 7:30AM or 8:00AM.) I'm trying to set my alarm just 5-10 minutes earlier each morning until I consistently get out of bed at 6:30AM. I have also moved my phone from my nightstand into the bathroom so that I physically have to get out of bed to shut my alarm off.
Hopefully those examples give you some ideas of how you can commit to CONSISTENT ACTION each day. Eric set his own personal commitments and he is doing very well! He has committed to playing basketball twice per week, working out at they gym twice per week, and taking his lunch with him each day to work. I also set quarter goals for Marissa Jane Fitness, LLC along with commitments that help me break down how I'm going to accomplish them. Finally, we set some relationship and financial commitments that we can work on together. We are by no means perfect, but we have already created consistency in so many areas of our lives!
Comment below if you have set any 2018 commitments/goals/resolutions for yourself! Can you continue to break them down into consistent daily actions that will help you accomplish the ultimate goal? Cheers to you and your daily commitment to improve yourself! Happy Twenty-Great-Teen (it's cheesy, but I couldn't resist)!