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Goal Setting in 2018

Happy 2018 to our Alpenglow family! As exciting as this fresh, new time can be, it can also be quite daunting. The year is a blank slate and the question arises: what are we going to do with it? This is usually the time that people set lofty goals and new year’s resolutions; some that are unattainable or unrealistic. Guilty as charged. So, I’m taking a new approach to goal-setting this year and I hope you might find the same inspiration!

I found this great article that outlines exactly what I’ve been trying to wrap my head around: the pitfalls of goal setting. Goals should bring you new inspiration and happiness instead of dread and disappointment. Often, when we set goals that are a little too far out of our reach, we lose steam early and it’s a slippery slope to letting them go completely. For me, in the past, I’ve set high goals for myself (usually around fitness and weight loss) and by March or April, they’ve gone right out the window. This year, I’m doing something different-- setting goals that are smaller and more achievable in order to keep my sanity. For example, I want to create a healthy workout regimen without completely killing myself- so setting a goal of 3 hard workouts a week rather than working out 6 days a week and trying to lose 15 pounds. I don’t want to set myself up for failure - those numbers are not necessarily attainable for me.

The feeling of accomplishment and reward when achieving something small helps motivate towards the other bigger goals you set. They start to build momentum and give you the confidence to keep going! The article also talks about the difference in your quality of life when you’re still able to live in the moment and be present while still working towards your intentions. So, if weight loss and fitness is part of your 2018 goals list, focus on them only WHILE you’re doing it. Schedule the time to go to the gym, show up, work hard, and then the rest of the time you can live your life and not be thinking about it! The same goes for other goals, no matter what they are, such as getting better about flossing teeth, reading books, and meditating. As long as you are organized and set aside some dedicated time to work toward them, it shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

Remember to grant yourself grace and understanding that goals are meant to be a challenge, but not impossible! I’m very curious what all of your 2018 goals are, so when you’re in for your next treatment, be sure to tell me or Karen and we can work to tweak your health care plan around what you want to achieve! Good luck and happy new year!

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