Happy New Year!

Are you one of the people that get swooped up in New Years Resolutions? Have you vowed to work out every single day this January, quit eating sugar, journal & meditate every single day, quite caffeine, etc. etc.

While those are all awesome things to do & as your healthy living cheerleader, I highly encourage you to live a healthier life, sometimes setting too many resolutions not only sets you up for failure but it also contributes to you feeling like crap about yourself when the resolutions fall to the wayside.

People get super stressed out about resolutions, and more accurately, failing at their resolutions.

So instead of setting resolutions, let’s focus on other, more positive ways you can set yourself up for success and focus on what you want in your life without all the stress.

Check out the tips below on how you can reduce your January Resolution Stress.

1. Set SMART goals.

SMART goals are specific goals to help you set up a plan for what you want to accomplish. These are great when you want to do something that has an ‘end’ date, like run a 5km or 10km or a tough mudder. They are also great when your doctor has said you need to lose 20lbs. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relative or Reward, & Timely. To use it in an example…I want to lose 10lbs (specific & measurable & attainable) in 10 weeks (timely) and when I do, I’ll get a new workout top (reward). Saying ‘I want to be fit’ would not be an example of a SMART goal because it’s not specific nor measurable. What ‘fit’ looks like to one person is different to the next. I want to run the ScotiaBank 1/2 Marathon in June is definitely a SMART goal. See the difference?

2. Set Intentions

I LOVE these because they deal with more how you want to ‘feel’ and how you’d ‘like’ something to go. You can set them in absolutely any area of your life. I set intentions for my day in the morning after I mediate. It goes something like this, my intention today is to be more present. Or my intention for this workout is to feel positive about my body. My intention for this meal is to nourish my body with fibre & vitamins. My intention for this time with my girls is to really listen. Make sense?

3. Set a Theme word for the year.

Growth. That’s my theme word. I want to grow in all areas of my life, business, community, relationships, mindset, etc. etc. Theme words are super cool because they help you set intentions around what you want more of in the next year. They help you streamline your goals and figure out ways to make them happen.

For example take my theme word of growth. I want to grow my business and so I am adding life-coaching to my services. Adding that into my repertoire will help ‘grow’ my life in many different ways.

So, how does one find a theme word? Well, it’s just the word that keeps coming up for you. One that resonates with you and makes you think. Maybe one you keep hearing lately. By the way, you don’t have to have just 1 word. Maybe you have a few words that pop up at you. That’s cool too. There really is no right or wrong to choosing a theme word.

Take 10 mins and sit somewhere quite and comfortable and just envision your 2018. What does it look like? Who’s in it? What do you want more of in 2018? What do you want to leave behind in 2017?

Here are some words to help inspire you:  grateful, present, courage, focus, change, joy, release, trust, seek, balance, fearless, less, enough. faith…..is there a word that pops out at you?

Remember, the whole point is to not get overwhelmed so just pick 1 of the 3 tips to start your 2018 in a positive manner.

Once you feel you’ve got that 1 tip down, then choose another.

Here’s to an awesomely positive 2018!