It's hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to a close. Where did this year go? Looking back, it seems as though everyone only has negative things to say about 2017. When I reflect on this past year, while there were some downs periods but there also some up periods. So, instead of entering 2018 thinking oh god, 2018 cannot be as bad as 2017, I want to keep an eye towards the positive and think about all the good that will come in 2018. Generally I'm not one for new years resolutions, why do I need a new year to make a change in my life? However, as part of 2018 I want to keep myself accountable for what I'm doing in my life and start making some positive changes. No longer will I let myself get brought down by the negative but instead am going to focus on the good in my life to help me achieve my personal bests.
Be Mindful About Exercise
If you know me, you know I'm a bit of a gym addict. I love going to the gym. I like sweating. Yet, generally when I go lately I feel like I'm checking in. Am I running on the treadmill, sure. Am I putting forward my personal best when I do this? No. We all sometimes fall in to the trap of doing something because we feel we should. This year I want to be more conscious of the exercising I'm doing and ensure that I'm acting in the moment. Do I really want to be here? Is there a better way I could be working. Perhaps the treadmill isn't doing it for me that day. Perhaps I need to lift some weights instead. By being more mindful, not only will I get a better workout in, I'll also feel better for doing it.
Be More Current
In University I used to love to read the newspaper. Dig into whatever the trending headlines were and make sure I knew about what was current in the world. As I've gotten older this part of me seems to have slipped away. Now, I tend to listen to more podcasts and only read the items that either apply to me or are in someway related to my work. It doesn't happen very often that I learn something new or exciting. This is going to change in 2018. I've decided to purchase myself a subscription to the newspaper (digitally) and ensure that I read it every single morning.
Travel More for Fun
I travel a lot for work, but rarely do I get out of the country just for some time away. I've always used work as an opportunity for myself to see the world. Most of my travels to the USA have been for work, with a few days tacked on at the end to see what else the city has to offer. While travelling for work will always be a part of my job, I've decided this year to make sure I plan a few vacations away where I'm actually going to a city for the pure joy of going. I'm also going to stop taking 'vacations' where I book time off work and then go away, ensuring to set up a handful of meetings to also do while I'm there. It's just not healthy.
I'd like to think that I will succeed at these goals I've set out for myself. Will I? I'd like to say yes. One thing I've learned over the course of my 30-something years is to set attainable goals. Screw the 'I'm going to loose 20 pounds in 60 days' goals that frankly are not attainable. I'm also not going to punish myself for not achieving. When to the gym and just checked in? Try harder next time! Didn't have time to get around to the paper because of an early meeting. That is okay. Learning to forgive myself has really been a long journey for me. In the past I've always been the person who gets very upset with themselves for eating 1 cookie when on a diet. I've since been working hard at moving on from that stage in my life and actually giving myself a break. It's been one of the best decisions I've made to date.
So, I want to know, what sort of resolutions have you set up for yourselves this year?