I’m not sure how, but it’s the end of April already. How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions?
If this question made you cringe, you’re not the only one. Statistically speaking, most of us have probably “fallen off the wagon” by now. Maybe even months ago. And that’s okay. Life happens, priorities shift.
I took a different approach this year, picking a word to aspire to in 2019 and a series of intentions to help push me forward. Then the plan was to set a few goals for each quarter. But on the heels of Q1, I’m already feeling like this approach isn’t quite working for me. I get pretty excited about goal setting and can be a little overzealous — feeling super confident at the beginning of the quarter about the things I would accomplish, only to wonder two months later where the time went and what I’m striving for.
I’ve been really interested in personal development and growth lately, reading books, watching videos and following blogs that fill me with inspiration. And I realized — it’s so easy for me to feel that inspiration, to keep consuming more in pursuit of “inspiration high,” and to feel like I’m making progress, without actually accomplishing anything concrete.
Last week, I watched a video by a YouTuber I follow — Matt D’Avella — that felt like it was speaking directly to me. In 12 Habits for Life, he shares a different approach to goal setting — an actionable and realistic approach to introducing positive change into our lives.
And so I decided to take on this new challenge. Every month for the foreseeable future, I’ll take on a new habit experiment. I’ll start with a strong “why” — why now, what sort of benefits will it offer to me or my family — and a series of guidelines to follow. Because, guys, structure is important to me. At the end of every month, I’ll share the following month’s challenge, and then track my progress on social media (hello accountability!). After 30 days, I’ll recap here how things went and what I learned.
Stay tuned. In the next couple of days, I’ll announce May’s experiment. Want to join me in one or more of the experiments? Yes yes yes, I love it. Let me know about your progress along the way.
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