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Wendy Shafranski


December 28, 2023

Read This If You've Got Goals (or Resolutions)!

Many of you have resolutions and goals for the new year and I have some advice. I’ve seen it time and time again, people start with the best of intentions, then fizzle out by February.

So, as you approach your goals, consider the following:

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals.

Research suggests that setting too many goals may lead to self-sabotage. So, choose one or two that are on the top of your list and focus on those. It makes sense - the less you have to do, the more you can focus your energy.

     2. Be specific with your execution.

People who do achieve their goals rely on specific plans. That means they identify the why, when, where and how to reach them.

In terms of the “why,” instead of saying, I am going to lose 20 pounds, you apply more meaning to it by adding, “so I can feel more confident” or “so running is easier” (or whatever the positives are).

Then, jot down the steps you will take. Have a reason and a plan.

      3. Make it easy.

Another tactic is looking at your goal and asking yourself, “what would make this easy?”

For example, your goal is to eat whole foods 90% of the time. In making it “easy,” you decide you will food prep so you have food on hand. You invest in an air fryer and crock pot so cooking is a breeze instead of committing to making elaborate meals and getting burned out. You could also make a list on your phone of “convenience foods” to grab when you are out and about.

This boils down to sustainability and setting yourself up for success.

Bottom line: change requires some sacrifice. But, too many goals can lead to sabotage. If it feels like a huge struggle, it’s less likely to be done. And just stating the goal isn’t enough - you need a why and a plan.

I’d love for you all to look back at the end of 2024 with pride and accomplishment that you crushed your goals. I KNOW you’ve got it in you!

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