New year’s resolutions, goals and intentions are great aren’t they? Write a list of stuff you want to achieve in a single year, crack on and do them. But for someone like me who loves to create lists, I often get a bit carried away and put far too much stuff down. Then after a few weeks, I beat myself up for having failed on most of my resolutions well before the end of January.
Last year, I avoided making a list and had more of a mantra in mind. I found a quote which really resonated with me about being curious and having adventures. I’m not sure if that approach was a bit half arsed but it worked. I had lots of adventures, explored a fair bit of Cornwall and had a fantastic time.
This year I’m back to the list but I’ve made it short and simple with realistic goals. I’ve given some timescales to each thing (ie, things I can do on a daily basis) and I’ve set reminders on my phone to ‘drink more water’ etc. To track progress with my fitness goals, I’ve got a spreadsheet and for the other regular stuff my weekly desk planner is a constant reminder to help me keep on track. It probably sounds a bit overkill but without the structure, I lose focus pretty easily.
So onto the intentions and goals. The list is pretty much 4 realistic things;
Take care of myself
This is a big one for me and contains a few things that contribute towards it. Looking back on last year, I realised how, at times, I didn’t take care of myself at all – not just physically but emotionally. In 2017, I’m drinking more water, taking my vitamins, writing a daily gratitude journal, getting back in the gym and going on a weekly coastal walk. I’ll also be listening to and trusting my gut instincts and saying no – to things I can’t or don’t want to commit to, expectations I can’t meet and to people who try to put unnecessary demands on me.
Towards the end of last year, I got really fed up with social media, particularly Facebook. I was spending way too much time on it and it was doing my self esteem no good at all.
My well being improves considerably when I unplug, look inwards and focus on myself so I’m substituting hours of mindless scrolling and wasted time for reading more books, writing and mindfulness. My friend Kelly bought me a colouring book for Christmas which is a perfect way for me to be a bit creative and switch off at the same time.
Improve my surfing
I know, that’s a bit of a broad one. I do have a very specific goal in mind but as anyone who surfs will know, progress is super slow, even when you live by the coast. But last year, I did improve. My pop-up sped up loads and my confidence soared in bigger surf to the point where I was going out back pretty much everytime I got in.
So is my surf goal of being able to consistently ride the open face in shoulder high surf realistic by the end of 2017? Who knows, but I can have a damn good go and my surfing’s bound to improve in the process!
Get on a plane
This is the scary one because I haven’t flown for a very long time. Mainly out of fear, partly due to circumstance. But I’m getting curious and I want to travel. The big dream is California to do a similar trip to the one my dad did years ago. But for now I need to start off small. Newquay airport conveniently does flights to Birmingham so I can start off with a very short flight and visit family at the same time. Feel the fear and do it anyway!
I’m feeling really positive about this list. It’s realistic, tangible and totally do-able. I’m excited for the year ahead and looking forward to smashing those goals!
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