Post #110: Setting Healthy Goals for the New Year
When I was little, I remember adults always saying things like, “Time goes faster and faster every year.”
I never believed them then, because my next birthday or Christmas seemed FOREVER in the future, right?
Now, as an adult myself? YEP! I see what they meant.
Every December, I find myself saying, “Oh, my gosh! Where did the year go? It’s almost January!”
Still, it’s not exactly a surprise, is it?
We know that January follows the holidays, and that we’re going to think about plans for the coming year.
You’ve probably been thinking about health and wellness goals already. But have you paused and asked yourself about making mental health and spiritual goals for 2024?
If you’re like me, blowing through mid-life, then you realize that you want to live EXACTLY the way you want to live and not get caught up in stress, drama, and overwhelm that can sometimes seem like par for the course.
Our time is precious.
Life is short.
Are you ready to shift out of stress and drama and back to being centered, balanced, and more self aware?
If so, then take a moment to set some achievable resolutions around your mental health and spiritual connection and a plan to make them happen.
First, take a moment to look back. How did you do in 2023?
Did you set goals that were about more than just health and fitness?
Did you set goals for your own mental and emotional health? Goals for your own spiritual growth?
If so what were they?
How did you do on them?
If you succeeded, even partly, please please PLEASE acknowledge that! Pat yourself on the back. Buy yourself a treat. Dance a victory jig. SOMETHING to celebrate.
If you fell short, that’s OK, too. We’re going to turn that into fuel for an even more marvelous 2024.
Before diving into the nitty-gritty of RELEVANT goals for next year, take a broad look at the direction you want to take. Consider how you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
What changes, personally or professionally, did 2023 bring, and what’s on the horizon for next year?
Any retreats planned or vacations specifically geared toward your well-being?
Next, envision possible goals for the whole year.
- Do you want to do more yoga or meditation?
- Do you want to continue to expand your self-awareness?
- Do you hope to stay off that emotional roller coaster and improve how you feel on a daily basis?
Now let’s start to develop specific goals and statements around them.
• I want to conquer my first 90-minute yoga class by the Spring.
• I aim to make meditation a part of my self-care routine.
• I’ll enroll in a wellness or spiritual retreat this year to slow down and deepen my self-awareness.
Finally, narrow this down one more step – in your journal – by applying the SMART standards to your goals.
• Make some of them monthly, some quarterly, and some for the end of the year.
• Create mini-goals along the way and note how you’ll treat yourself at each milestone.
- Enlist supporters you’ll need – a coach, a confidant, a cheerleader, etc.
- Enlist a friend to join you.
Most importantly, enjoy the process – of creating the goals and pursuing them.
You really can do anything you choose. You’ve got this!
You can knock out most of your goals in one fell swoop with my 8-week enlightenment challenge starting January 1.
Just in time to blow your mind wide open in the best way possible and take your self-awareness to a whole other level.
Get Back to Your Soul-Self is perfect to start the New Year and did I mention it’s life-changing?
You will learn the 6-steps to enlightenment based on yoga and A Course In Miracles, why and how to establish a spiritual yoga practice, and the tricks of the ego that keep us from wanting to live enlightened.
And most importantly is how you’ll feel after going through this challenge: peaceful, centered, content, fully alive, and connected. Plus you’ll have established a lovely spiritual yoga practice that will keep you centered as you navigate the year ahead.
When I say that people have spent lifetimes trying to figure out what you’ll learn in this course, I mean it.
This is the best of the ancient practice of yoga and the phenomenal spiritual self-study A Course In Miracles to give you a higher perspective on life that once understood, can never be taken away again.
You’re a part of this like-minded community and I’m so grateful for that!
Please let me know if you have any questions on the upcoming course. (link for more below)
All my best,
Remember, you are a force for good in the world. The more consistent you get with these practices the more your life will become guided, sacred, and filled with meaning. You cannot help but then extend deep peace, joy, and contentment to your loved ones, friends, and everyone you meet. The world could use more of this, so let’s get you in the best space to make it happen.