I don't know about you, but my 2016 rocked and I had a pretty incredible start to 2017 so I feel like this is going to be a great year for me. Even with this snowy weather, there's just something so refreshing about a new year. I always look forward to writing out my goals and starting a new life chapter.
Speaking of goals.... in my opinion, we need to move away from new year "resolutions". In my opinion, that word puts so much pressure on us. You have 12 months to learn a new language or lose those 20 pounds or else you failed. Okay - but how will you reach your end goal? We can't wake up one day and just know how to speak Italian.
In my opinion, a more effective way is to write down your overall goals, as well as the smaller (but still important) steps to get to each.
One of my goals for 2017 is to finally go skydiving but in order to do that, I need to save money (newsflash: adulting still sucks) as well as find a good place to go. I have my ultimate goal in mind - and I know what I need to do to be able to jump out of that plane. Plus, reaching each of those smaller goals will make you more motivated to get to the finish line.
My Passion Planner was so helpful in goal planning and staying organized last year so I bought another one this year. If you are like me and still use an actual planner - I highly recommend it!
I carry it with me everywhere and there are blank pages in the back so I've started to write my goals for 2017. My list keeps growing but since I don't want to completely bore you with every single one, here are some of my goals for 2017. (And no, they're not all fitness-related! ;)
1. Compete in a fitness competition
2. Attend a yoga retreat
3. Read more books
4. Take a solo vacation
5. Learn my DSLR
6. Meditate regularly
7. Save money
8. Listen to more podcasts
9. Send more snail mail
10. Volunteer at an organization to help others
11. Take a hot air balloon ride
12. Attend a fit expo
13. Attend more blog events
14. Get my personal trainer's certification
15. Journal regularly
In addition to these goals, after reading this article on setting a one-word intention for 2017, I decided to set one myself. The word I came up with is FEAR.
The reason: after writing down my top five goals for 2017 and thinking about what they have in common, I realized they are all out of my comfort zone. Like... way out of my comfort zone and that scares me. But, instead of crossing them off my list or deciding I'll never reach them, I'm using the fact that they scare me as motivation. Because nothing worth having comes easy. And when we achieve things out of our comfort zone, the real magic starts to happen.
What are your goals for 2017? Share with me in the comments!