30 Apr How to Set Short Term Goals For Long Term Happiness
I’ve been on a bit of a journey lately of diving back into personal development after a big break from everything except surviving, which is no way to exist, let alone live your best life. I’ve been diving into Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audible, YouTube, and Amazon. I was listening to a book just today (How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom) and he mentioned how he got started with a blog reflecting on the year and setting intentions for the new year. It struck me that I’d like to do that every three months, and then I remembered that just months ago I was reading the The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months which is about exactly that. To take matters further, another podcast reminded me that lasting changes don’t all have to be undertaken at once, and it’s ok to take on one new good habit at a time.
This led me to today’s post. There are always more things I want to accomplish, more things I want to do with my business, and more things I want to do to improve myself. I get so overwhelmed by it all that it becomes easy to do nothing at all. I know I’m not alone in this feeling because I know so many people with big dreams who stand still, rather than making it happen. So how do we go about making those changes or chasing after those dreams?
I like to think about this in two steps: look at the big picture, and then only begin the first three months journey. Don’t try to plan the whole year, but conquer three months at a time. Taking it even a step further, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. That’s only three weeks. We can create a new habit in 21 days and then give it an extra week to seal it in. As we continue with that habit we can add a new one on every month. So I’m going to try it out! Every month I will take on something new and let you know how it’s going. Why am I sharing this with you? It’s fantastic accountability for me, and also hopefully it will inspire you to get up and get going with whatever it is you would like to accomplish.
The hardest part is what to do first right? When there are so many things going on, how do we decide what has to sit it out? This is where priorities come into play. What is most important in your life? Health, family, money/livelihood, or travel, to name a few. Health is at the top of my list right now. I need to be healthy and feel energetic in order to get through the day while I’m trying to raise my three kids. This is something I’ve recommitted to in the past few months as well, and so my first endeavor will be to workout 6 days a week, no excuses. From May 1-May 30 this will be my top priority and I’ll be updating you with how it goes. The program I’ve committed to is Hammer and Chisel (if you’d like more info on this program I’d be happy to discuss it with you at JustAskJessey@gmail.com), and also will be incorporating hot yoga to sweat out some toxins and work on flexibility after those tightening weight-lifting workouts.
What are some other examples of things I’d like to do? Work on my first digital program, start running again, relearn Spanish and practice that daily, finally learn guitar, read two books a week, not including audio books in the car, a vlog-a-day challenge, wake up early, stick to a bedtime routine, get my yoga certification, do a nutrition certification, to name a few. Those should actually keep me busy for a while.
It’s time for us to get off the couch and get going!! Tell me all about something you’d like to do. A new habit you would like to create or something else you’d like to accomplish. I can’t wait to hear all of your aspirations and goals!! Let’s get this party started!!
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