Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Twist on the New Year's Resolution - Start, Stop, and Keep Doing Exercise

Start Stop Keep Doing Exercise
So it's that time of year again where many of us come up with New Year's Resolutions.  Resolutions, that for many of us, last only a very short time before we fall back into our old routines.  So I have a new twist to add to the typical one-liner goal.  It is an exercise we have employed various times in the workplace that I think is very fitting when I think about the year ahead.  Let us call it the Start, Stop, and Keep Doing Exercise.

I like this approach because it feels more well-rounded in scope to me, and with that, comes a calmer feeling.  Instead of looking at the New Year as a time to tackle some large goal, I feel more like I am appreciating where I came from, gathering lessons learned, and making a reasonable plan for my future.  So, let us just jump into the exercise:

1.  Start - I am going to start being purposeful about getting the important things done in my life.  I think having a baby has really heightened my awareness of time being a finite commodity.  I need to start living in the moment, and if there is some milestone I want to capture or some experience on my bucket list I have yet to check off, then I need to take action and mark my calendar so those things get accomplished.  Otherwise, I end up feeling blindsided by how fast time flies and how much I wish I had gotten done.

2.  Stop - I am also going to stop beating myself up over everything.  Many times, I feel like we are our own worst enemy.  I know when I do not accomplish everything I want to, I can be pretty hard on myself.  Especially with social media, you can get caught up in creating Pinterest worthy or Facebook status worthy moments.  You get caught up in comparing, and it is a slippery slope.  So, I will also stop comparing myself to others and maybe even to myself.  Because, let's face it, sometimes it is just too hard.  As a new mom, I am still trying to adjust and figure life out with a baby.  I am nowhere near as organized or as fit and healthy as I was before I had her.  I need to stop comparing myself to my past self.

3.  Keep - I am going to keep being thankful for my life.  I am super lucky and have so many things to be thankful for.  I am going to keep an attitude of gratefulness for my friends, my family, and my health.  I am going to keep exploring what makes me happy and make sure I am purposeful about fitting those things into my life.

So how about you?  What are you going to Start, Stop, and Keep Doing next year?



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