What’s your New Year’s resolutions vision?
A New Year’s resolution is defined as a commitment, or “promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year”, and depending upon how it is stated, is often just an intention. Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolutions are (current or past) and chances are you will hear one or more of the following: to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, eat healthier, relax more, spend more time with my family or friends, get a job, or stick to a budget.
These are all very good intentions, and sound commitments, but not necessarily well defined achievable actions that will yield results … that comes later in the process. Even more specific intentions such as: “lose 10 “pounds”, “increase my inner core strength” or “get a full time job in the next 3 months”, are more defined intentions. Intentions are stronger yet when written in terms of what you “will” do rather than what you “want” to do. Ex.; “I will exercise more this year!” – is stronger than – “I would like to exercise more this year;” ” or “I am trying to exercise more this year.
So for the sake of this exercise let’s consider our intention as our New Year’s resolution statement.
The next step is to create a resolution vision statement. By stating the resolution as it if it has already happened and adding a compelling reason (motivator) to the end of the resolution you will create a vision statement … a statement of just who you will be, or where you will be by the end of the year. A resolution vision statement might sound like this: “I am consistently engage in a planned exercise program that exceeds the national recommendations, so I can maintain my strength and endurance which will allow me to participate in active sports with my family and friends.” Once the vision is clear, specific action goals can be created throughout the year.
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