Goals. We all love setting them. Especially at the beginning of a new year but what do we actually do to PLAN for these Goals?
I'm no expert. In fact, I pretty much suck at new years resolutions and goals. But what I am good at is making a PLAN and sticking to it.
In this blog post I am going to break down some ways that you can PLAN for a successful 2017 in terms of money, happiness and health!
So let's break this down:
So a lot of us make goals to save more money, right?
But HOW? How are you going to do that? Do you know if you want to save $5,000 this year what you need to do to save that amount?
I am a HUGE Suze Orman fan! If you haven't read any of her books, I highly suggest them! She has a theory on having an Emergency Fund and I STRONGLY believe in this idea. She suggests having an 8 month emergency fund. Click here for more information on the Emergency Fund.
So you want to save $5,000 this year.
There are 52 weeks in a year.
Let's divide $5,000 by 52 weeks = $96.15
So you need to save $96.15 per week to do that.
For some people, that is easy. No problem. Set up an automatic bank transfer for every week and call it a day.
Others not, so much. So for those others. HOW are you going to make sure you are saving $96.15 per week?
Let's go through some options
TOTAL SAVED: $107.91
And let's say you can't do some of those thing or your income/budget just don't allow for you to save $96.15/week. Well then your goal of saving $5,000 for the year is unrealistic. You cannot give up. You cannot say F*** IT and not save anything!
YOU HAVE TO MAKE A NEW GOAL.
OK, new goal. Save $3,000 for the year:
So you want to save $3,000 this year.
There are 52 weeks in a year.
Let's divide $3,000 by 52 weeks = $57.69
So you need to save $57.69 per week to do that.
Let's go through those options again.
But you know yourself and your budget and can pick and choose what would work for you.
This topic could go on and on, but hopefully you get the jist. I highly recommend reading some of Suze Ormans books or listening to her audiobooks. I listened to a lot of her stuff several years ago when I started my big girl job after college and am so happy I did.
I'll keep this short and sweet.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Remind yourself daily that what you are seeing online is not the whole picture
That that perfect mom isn't perfect
That she has days where she hides in closet from her kids and cries
That that stick thin girl has problems too
That being thin doesn't make your problems disappear
Just like money won't make you happy
The minute I stopped saying...
Well she can eat that and not get fat
Well she can shop at JCrew
Well she workouts here
Well she lives in a better house than me
Well she drives a better car than me
Well she has a perfect marriage
SHE, SHE, SHE, SHE
We have to stop with all the SHES and focus on more ME
Do me a favor and think of 3 things that you LOVE about yourself? Like truly love about yourself...a physical trait or personality trait only.
1. I love my hair
2. I love how I can make people laugh
3. I love my ability to multi-task and take any project head on
Was that easy for me? Nope.
Did it make me feel good about myself? YUP.
How many times do you hear someone say "I want to lose 20 (or fill in the blank) pounds" as a New Years Resolution?
It seems everyone has a number in mind. A number they want to lose or a number they want to see on the scale. It can be so overwhelming to know HOW to get to that number, right?
The best advice I can give (and trust me, I am no expert! I am still on my journey and learning every day!) is:
Do what makes YOU happy
And NO I don't mean go to Wendy's drive thru and get a frosty and fries because it makes you happy (LOL).
I mean do a workout program that makes you happy (happy does not equal easy by the way). You cannot, I repeat CANNOT compare what workouts work for someone else or what used to work for you in the past.
Before marriage and kids, I loved going to Zumba classes
For my wedding, I had a personal trainer
Postpartum Baby 1 I went to a 5:30am outdoor bootcamp
Pregnant with Baby 2, I did Pure Barre classes
Postpartum Baby 2, Beachbody on Demand in my living room
My journey and workout programs have changed over the years and with my life and lifestyle. That doesn't mean I don't still love Zumba classes (I do!! I so miss my Zumba friends!!) or that I don't want a personal trainer to show up to my house and tell me what to do (I SO do!!) or that I don't want to go to Pure Barre classes (I do! I love tucking!!) or that I don't want to start my day outside on the basketball court at bootcamp (I do!! I miss that group atmosphere and sadly and weirdly I miss running up the hills!).
But I am REALISTIC. I set realistic goals for myself and you need to too.
I know those above are not realistic for my schedule and/or my budget. And if I don't commit to something realistic, I won't do it.
What is realistic for me right now is 30 minute workouts in my living room with my kids rolling around on the floor behind me and because of that I am so grateful for Beachbody.
There has been nothing more exciting for me to take this journey and turn it into not only a healthy body but a healthy mind. If you are looking for some more motivation, advice, personal development, you MUST read (or audiobook) this:
You are a Badass
If you'd like to chat with me about any of this, I'd love to chat!
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