There is something special about a new year.
A fresh page.
A blank slate.
An opportunity for growth.
But how do we ensure that this feeling sticks? How do we make sure that we reach the goals that we set for ourselves?
So it’s no secret the January is THE month for wellness. It is a time when we are self-reflective, motivated and start to think of all the things we want to bring in for the new year.
I took some time over the past couple of weeks to decide what was important to me for the new year and decided that my words for 2019 are consistency, community, intuition and service (find out why here).
So how do you take this motivation and run with it? How do you stick to your goals and not be part of the 80% of people with failed resolutions? Here are a couple of things that I consistently apply to my life that have been majorly helpful in ensuring that I execute on my goals with success.
Wether your goals are personal or professional (they are usually a little mix of both) the best thing to do is to break them down. Whether you commit to something bold like 'I am going to lose 25 lbs this year’ or ‘I am going to surpass my sales quota by 50K’, the impetus to successfully reaching these goals is to make them SMART; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Doing this helps to break down the goal, leading to a much higher success rate. When you make your goal specific you gain clarity on what you are trying to achieve, measurable provides a structure that helps to decipher whether you are closer to achieving it (and if not you know there is something that needs to change) attainable will make it realistic, relevant helps to bring to light whether it is in line with your value system and time-bound provides with a deadline that you need to execute it by.
So depending on what your goals are, use the SMART model to ensure success.
For example: In order for me to lose 20 lbs this year I need to lose a little over 2 lbs a month. I will do this by including an extra workout in every week and cutting out my afternoon snack. I will weigh myself every 2 weeks in order to make sure that I am staying on track.
I want to surpass my sales quota by 50K this year. This means that I have to sell an extra $4200 a month. I will do this by attending an extra networking event and making 10 extra cold calls a week. I will check in monthly on my strategy and if I am not seeing desired results, I will come up with a new plan.
So what is your big annual goal and how can you make it SMART?
Consistency. Collaboration. Service. Intuition.
These are my words for 2019.
I believe deeply in setting an INTENTION, then focusing your ATTENTION and then practising NO-TENSION.
Let me explain.
The birth of an idea starts with a mere though of something that we want to create. We have an idea and then we set it in motion by creating an INTENTION around it.
Then we focus our ATTENTION on really making it happen. We think it into reality and then put energy and action into having it manifest from an idea into a real thing.
And then the final part, the most important part in my mind, is the NO-TENSION. The part where we detach from any of it actually coming to fruition or turning into the outcome that we desire. You see we can hope and think, increase energy and action but sometimes the universe has different plans. So as much as we can create, it is important to remember that we are actually CO-creating every step of the way.
So these are my words for 2019 and here is why.
Consistency: I want to practice consistency in every area. Exercise, meditation, work, diet, friendships, family love. With consistency there is growth and with growth there is change.
Community: It takes a village to do anything, to live to breathe, the be happy. Without that we have nothing. I commit to showing up for my community and growing it by hosting dinners, organizing trips and attending different types of events.
Service: I believe the most powerful thing you can do is help others. By helping others, we are actually helping ourselves. I commit to volunteering at least once a month with different organizations.
Intuition: I believe that we each hold an innate wisdom and already have the answer to every single question. I personally access my wisdom the most when I am in nature and by myself. I plan to spend more time doing both in order to tap deeper into my own wisdom.
And if none of this yields the results I want it to, that is okay too.
So now it's your turn. What do you want to create in 2019? What is your word(s)?
If you are not sure, take some time to think about it.
Go outside, move your body, be by yourself.
Take out your journal and your pen and write. Write a lot or write a little. Write with no expectation. I promise you, the words you are looking for will come. And when they do, write them down and put them somewhere where you can be reminded of them everyday. Then, let the magic unfold.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.