Wow!  I’m just going to say it.  2019 is really winding down, isn’t it?  Where did it go?  Well, you know me.  All I have to do is peruse my bullet journals, and I can tell you where it went. 

As we head into the new year (2020 here we come!), I’ve had some thoughts to share today.  Most of the time going into a new year, the talk is all around the New Year Resolutions.  According to the dictionary, the word resolution means “a formal expression of opinion or intention made…”.  Given how the new year is often treated, that definition makes sense. 

I’ve never made much of resolutions in that sense.  It seems that by February, most people have given up or have just forgotten about their resolutions.  As the year ticks on, we get further and further away from that new year fever. 

With that in mind, I would like challenge you as I am challenging myself.  Don’t make resolutions in 2020. Instead, let’s focus on our resolve to accomplish our goals. 

Goals are not the same thing as resolutions.  While resolutions tend to be something that we want to do, goals are about an outcome. 

For example, a person may have a resolution to exercise more in 2020.  While vague (what does “more” mean?), that is an action that you want to take and not an outcome.   The same person could have a goal to become healthier, more active, and feel physically well in 2020.  One of the action steps this person may take toward the goal could be to exercise “x” amount of times per week.  The exercise could be broken down even more specifically.

Focusing on our resolve to accomplish our goals, we need to think about the systems we have in place to keep our resolve.  Last year, I read the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear.  Mr. Clear talks about how small changes can produce amazing results.  Based on this theory, instead of making changes all at once as of January 1, 2020, we will make small incremental changes throughout the year. 

When we make incremental changes throughout the year, we are starting small and consistent.  We are creating the habits that will help us make progress toward our goals in a consistent manner. 

When we notice our progress, we tend to do two things. We tend to recognize our habits as helpful and look for ways to continue making incremental changes.

So instead of declaring resolutions, resolve to create incremental habits that will result in consistent progress toward your goals. 

Let’s bring on 2020!!

Question of the Day: What small change are you going to make to help you progress toward your goals? Leave your answer in the comment section below!

Now this is Moore like it!!

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