HAPPY NEW YEARS :) Time for our 90 day New Years challenge to create goals we can actually accomplish! Non-of this "I want to workout EVERYDAY," or "I want to lose 50 pounds before my daughters wedding in March" stuff -those goals are unattainable and don't follow the S.M.A.R.T guidelines. The reason I put 90 days in front of the New Years CHALLENGE is because 90 days is a timely and realistic goal time frame as opposed to a year. Also, a resolution is a firm decision to do something, and sure we can all make a decision to want to do something, but HOW we will achieve that decision is the important part. This is why I create 90 day challenges, as this implies the challenge will be met in a certain amount of time with guidelines to follow.
How many times have you made a New Years resolution and not achieved it? Personally, this became a reoccurring theme for me and that was because one, I did not create S.M.A.R.T goals; two, I always made my goals about exercise or weight loss; and three, I made it a New Years Resolution that quickly became unrealistic as my goals were forgotten when there were no benchmarks or accountability set.
So what exactly is a S.M.A.R.T goal? It's one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. These S.M.A.R.T goals provide you with an attainable challenge with a hopeful sustainable outcome while holding you accountable but allowing "life to happen."
Try and make these goals important to you and your health (mental, physical and/or emotional), which does not necessarily mean every goal needs to be around weight. I enjoy creating goals that focus on other aspects of my health rather than weight loss and/or exercising. I enjoy creating challenges that maybe I used to do in my past that once made me happy, continuing education, stress relief and/or self-care, etc. Below are some examples.
Example 1: Save at least 100$ every pay check to pay off my student loans in x amount of years. Or save 10$ each week to have an extra $520 saved in order to buy plane tickets to go home for Christmas 2019.
Example 2: Go to church at least 3 Sunday's of each month.
Example 3: Read one book related to my major/job, or how to improve my life each month.
Example 4: Eat out no more than once a week. Of course if you eat out once a day currently, once a week is not reasonable; I would start at no more than three times a week.
Example 5: Minimize my screen time to only 2-3 hours a day during the week.
Example 6: Drink 8 cups, or 64 ounces of water each day. (Rule of thumb, you want to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water). If you weigh 150 pounds you'll want to drink 75 ounces or 9.5 cups of water each day!
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO: write down your goals and write down how you intend to accomplish them. Whether that be to create an agenda each week, buy a gallon jug or cute 32 ounce water bottle, pre-order books, write sticky note reminders around the house, etc. YOU CAN DO THIS :)) Make this the year that you actually reach your quarterly goals and achieve your challenges.
MY PERSONAL GOALS FOR THE NEXT 90 DAYS:
Leave me some comments with your 90 day New Years goals!
This December to Remember challenge was a great experience! It allowed me to get out more, do more for other people, which in turn made me happier to know I was making others happier and feel so loved! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete each day's act of kindness, but I did as much as I could and made sure each day in December I was doing something nice for someone, if it was helping out more at work, being more positive, or just simply giving a complement to a stranger! For instance, one day I wasn't able to complete the Operation Christmas Child box, but I did have to call my prescription company, and was put on hold on and off dealing with a person who was knew to her job. During this what should have been 10 minute phone call that turned into an hour, and instead of getting frustrated with her, I kept assuring this lady that it was okay and by her not knowing how to answer my question will help her with other people in the future. It feels amazing to do good, and by watching one person's act of kindness will hopefully spread more good in the world!
This month's challenge was made to help put more love and peace in the world, and to encourage happiness through daily random acts of kindness. Make this month a month to remember! You can follow the calendar I made for you, or if you don't think you can do those challenges or do not have the time or money, either try another way around the challenge or complete an alternate challenge. An act of kindness as simple as creating small talk in the elevator can truly make someones day :) Need some more inspiration? Click the link below for an amazing and inspiring commercial that starts with one act of kindness from a man and comes back around full circle! Good karma is the best karma.
December 1st: Give all your change to Santa at a grocery store
December 2nd: Write a letter for a deployed/wounded solider http://signup.operationgratitude.com/letterwriting or https://soldiersangels.org/letter-writing-team.html
December 3rd: Cook a healthy, tasty dessert for the office break room at work or your kitchen counter
December 4th: Wake up early and make your spouse breakfast and/or buy them their favorite breakfast fast food or coffee/tea
December 5th: If you haven't done your spring cleaning, take all your clothes that don't fit anymore or other household items that you do not use to Goodwill
December 6th: Go through your contacts and if you think of anyone who may not have any family around for the holidays, invite them to celebrate the holidays with you for a dinner
December 7th: Don't argue or fight back, be the most selfless you can today
December 8th: Drop off at least 5 canned goods at a local Wells Fargo (food) bank http://welcome.wf.com/foodbank/
December 9th: Make a homeless "Giving Bag" for the cold days (chapstick, water, protein bar, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, snacks, socks)
December 10th: Say yes to your children or spouse for one day (make it their day, but don't let them know)
December 11th: Get 30 free cards to write inspiration letters for people who matter: http://youmattermarathon.com/ and hand them out or store some in your car
December 12th: Tip the waiter/waitress 25%
December 13th: Send a text to a family member that you don't talk to that much asking if you can get together one day this month and/or tell them about how much you miss and love them
December 14th: Give a stranger a compliment
December 15th: Make a Christmas treat for your neighbor and deliver them telling them happy holidays, maybe they'll invite you in for some wine!
December 16th: Give a stranger a flower
December 17th: Max an Operation Christmas Child box https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
December 18th: Buy the person in line behind you coffee
December 19th: Make your parents dinner and eat with them, or send a pizza/take out if they live out of town
December 20th: Write inspiration sticky notes around the office
December 21st: Make your children/spouse their favorite or a special lunch
December 22nd: Anonymously buy a small Christmas gift for a co-worker with a note that tells them how much you appreciate them and how much their work ethic helps their company
December 23rd: Check in with any family or friends who have recently lost a loved one
December 24th: Thank you/Happy Holiday cards and cookies for your local Police/Fire dept.
December 25th: Make a larger donation than normal in the collection basket
December 26th: Buy a homeless person food or bring them your Christmas leftovers
December 27th: Smile at a stranger
December 28th: Write a note and put it on a strangers car window
December 29th: Hold the door for every person you can during the day
December 30th: Let someone go in front of you in the check out line
December 31st: Stay tuned for an exciting end to our December to Remember :) Just make sure to save a picture of your best/most inspiring act of kindness!
Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit.