Alternative 2016 Goals

Happy new year! For some reason I'm not a huge fan of the whole 'goals for next year' thing. I used to be, however from what I've learnt this year is that you can never be prepared for life throws at you and the extreme mental and physical challenges you may have to undertake which is never going to be part of anyones 'plan'. Therefore if you fall short on achieving said 'goals' then its like you almost failed at something, when that really isn't the case. You may have achieved so much more about yourself and your life through these challenges, but because they weren't part of the planned goals then will they even be acknowledged?

Thats why this year I've decided to write down some alternate goals. Now these aren't going to be 'reach so many followers by 2017' 'get out of bed early everyday' or 'go to the gym 3 times a week' sort of goals, because I want to most of call, encourage myself next year and not have goals which I could possibly feel really bad if I'm really busy one week and forget about them, which would in turn discourage me for the rest of the year. So here are a few guidelines on more about how I want to live my life next year, with the idea of achieving and maintaining a healthy body and mind.

1. Don't sweat the small stuff

I've changed A LOT this year. Around half way through the year I got a wake up call about my general stressing about things that don't even matter, and just becoming annoyed at small things which are so insignificant in daily life. This was making me in general, a more negative person, so I decided enough was enough and completely turned over a new leaf and just allowed myself to have more patience, and if things don't go to plan, laugh it off and don't let it get you down. I feel like i am a lot more of a calmer person since this change, and even my boyfriend has noticed and felt completely less tense around me now!

2. View food more as fuel, rather than a comfort or a way to ease boredom

Now this doesn't mean 'eat healthy all the time and never eat junk food' as this would just cause an unhappy mindset where I felt as though if i ate a packet of crisps, i would have to spend the next few hours crying over it. This is more in just altering the way I view food, and just to help my realise that my body is running off whatever i feed it, if i feed it good stuff, i will feel good and vice versa. However while still allowing myself the odd treat.. everything in moderation!

3. Make more effort to see/try new things.

This doesn't mean jumping on a plane every other month to travel the world (however i wish i could) but even going for a drive to a new part of the country I haven't visited before, or seeing a new play/film that has recently come out at the theatre or even attempting that very first spin class at the gym I've been dreading, just anything and everything i could possibly experience to live life to the full.

I hope a few of these were useful to you!

What are your goals for 2016?



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