I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution about exercising more, eating healthier, or spending less money in a very long time. It’s not that I don’t need to do those things (because I do), but it’s just that resolutions like that are doomed to failure. They are resolutions that are just too nondescript. You are never really sure if you are failing or succeeding and don’t have any clear plan of action to meet the resolution. If you want to eat healthier, you need to quantify what that means for you. Set a quantifiable and reachable goal for yourself such as cutting out red meat, limiting yourself to ice cream once a week, or adding an extra fruit or vegetable to every meal. I prefer this idea of sitting down at the end of the year and setting new goals for the new year. The goals are real and quantifiable, and you can create a plan of action to reach them.
In addition to setting goals for the new year, last year I also decided to give myself a theme for the new year. My theme was supposed to represent where I felt that I was in my life and what my goals had in common. I chose the word FINISH. I read an interview with Nick Saban last year in which he was talking about how the word FINISH is part of his mantra as a coach. It seemed to resonate with me as well because there were a lot of projects in my life that I had started and needed to focus on finishing over the course of 2016.
Unfortunately, I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t feel like I did a great job with that mantra or my goals last year. I did finish some things like a couple of research papers and my house renovations. A lot, however, went unfinished. Part of the reason for my unfinished business was a change in motivation. It wasn’t just that I felt unmotivated and overcome by procrastination though. The problem was that my feelings about those goals changed, and I lost the motivation to finish because I just didn’t care about that goal anymore. I’ll be sharing more about that in the coming weeks, but it was very clear that I needed a new mindset when coming up with a theme for this year.
I’m sure the hours I have spent playing Pokemon Go and Pokemon Moon this year contributed to my theme for 2017, but it was the first word that came to me and the one I ultimately settled on for the new year. EVOLVE. To evolve is to gradually change into a new form, and it really embodies my vision for the new year.