Remember those January Goals? How and Why to Check Back In!
Can you even believe we’re halfway through 2022 already?
Now is the perfect time to check in with those goals you set in the beginning of the year.
Back when you were younger and full of hope and promise for the year to come, and not just driving your children all over the universe to every activity under the sun?
We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the promise of New Year, New Me with all the lofty goals and big aspirations:
* Lose 40 lbs!
* Run 6 miles per day!
* No social media!
* No weekday wine!
* Sleep 10 hours every night!
Yet setting goals like that is a recipe for failure.
Too big, too vague, no plan, and an unwillingness to feel discomfort is a road to nowhere.
So, our goals this year were SMART-Y Goals:
S - Specific; what exactly do you want
M- Measurable; how will you know you’ve achieved it
A - Achievable; attaining this goal is within your reach
R - Relevant; this goal aligns with how you see your future self
T - Time Bound; there is an end date
Y- Why; your deep down reason for wanting to achieve this goal.
And most importantly, we remembered that the #1 Most Important Habit to Cultivate this Year; the thing we really needed to work on the most, was to check in and cultivate trust within ourselves.
Letting go of how others think we should be, act and show up and instead cultivating the habit of looking inward.
Recognizing that we have the answers already. We don’t need to look to others for them.
We know way more than we think we do.
Step 1: Check in with yourself (pause, take a deep breath, yoga, journaling, meditation, dance, etc...)
Step 2. Ask yourself what you need and LISTEN for the answer (what do you really want to eat, how much sleep feels right, how much movement do I want and what kind, do I need more time alone, or more connection with others, etc...)
Step 3. Act on it (most importantly!). This helps you build trust in yourself so you can continue to make decisions based on what is important and feels right for YOU, not for anyone else.
We also know that when we’re creating new habits, a critically important part of helping them stick is to check back in with them often.
Remember ASPOC?? The ‘C’ is our Check In, or our Course Correct.
A - Awareness of current thoughts and beliefs
S - Start Small
P - Plan (5W’s & H)
O - Obstacles - plan for them in advance
C - Course Correct as needed