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Who has already filled up a shiny new notebook full of resolutions for 2018?  This year is going to be THE year that you're sticking to them, right?  

Perhaps. 

However, if you're like 80% of your peers, your resolutions will not even make it past Superbowl Sunday.  This means you'll likely be drowning yourself in a vat of self-hatred and buffalo chicken dip by the time the Steelers are putting on their 7th ring. #herewego

If this is not how you want to kick off your New Year, try to ditch the restrictive unrealistic resolutions and approach things a little differently in 2018.  Replace your 'resolutions' with 'goals' and try out these five tips below to positively set your intention for the year. 
Less/More

We want what we can't have.  

Tell a kid that they can't have chocolate for the rest of the day and see what happens.  "Mom can I have chocolate now? How about now? What about now?"

Since adults likely would (do) act the same, when you make a resolution to take something away "I'm never drinking again; I'm done with sugar forever" then you're setting yourself up to be the kid without chocolate, and that's never going to end well.

So let's stop the punitive resolutions and implement a less/more approach to our goals. "Less chocolate, more fruit."
One-Word Mantra 
 
Trade in your resolutions for a one-word mantra.  My fabulous older sister, Brianne, gave me this idea as she replaced a year of broken resolutions with the word "simplicity" as her 2017 mantra.  She aimed to center each of her goals and objectives around simplicity, and it ended up being a better success than any year of rigid resolutions.

Since then, I have been thinking about what one word would capture my intention for this year, and I came up with (drumroll please.....) Communication.  I have major hope for my personal and professional relationships in 2018, and communication will be paramount to making my intention come to life.

What will your mantra be in 2018?  What is one word that could put into focus your goals and intentions for this year?  Write it down and place it somewhere that is visible to you on a daily basis so it's never far from your mind.
Baby Steps

Start small and big things will follow.
 
Limit the Amount of Goals
You don't need to have 100 goals.  You don't need to have 10.  Focus on your mantra and prioritize your goals until you have just a few great ones.

Be Realistic with Your Goals
It's probably not a great idea to set a goal to run a marathon in 3 months if you've never run in your life.  If you haven't been able to lose more than 10 pounds in any given year, don't start off with a goal to lose 50 pounds by Easter.  If you're currently sucking down 5 cups of coffee like it's your J-O-B, I'm guessing you shouldn't set the goal to give up all caffeine cold turkey.  (For the good of everyone in your caffeinated life, please don't.  Nobody wins.)

Try to set your goals as if you were doing them for a loved one.  You would never set them up for failure, so treat yourself the same.  And if nothing seems to be working, set one simple goal for yourself to "try to be a little better each day."
When Sh*t Hits the Fan Plan
 
Since nothing is perfect, accept the fact that you will get off track with your goals this year.  Life happens, the dog will eat your homework, it is what it is. 

Whether you get off track for a day, a week, or longer, what's important is that you get back ON track.  This is why it's imperative to create a 'sh*t hits the fan backup plan' by answering these questions below:
  • What steps are in place to START tackling your goals? What steps are in place to ensure you'll STICK WITH your goals at months 1, 2, 3... etc.?
  • What roadblocks could pop up and keep you from hitting your goals?  How will you work around those?
  • What will you do when you slip on your goal for the first time? How about when you REALLY slip and fall completely off track?  (If your answer is "start over in January 2019" then you get an F for the class.) 
Cliché but true: Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail.  Write out your plan for the above and set actionable steps for each potential roadblock along the way.  There certainly will be highs and lows in 2018, so try to be ready to work around them!
Phone-A-Friend

Who is your person?

We all have that one friend/family member/significant other who can keep us accountable to our goals.  They are gentle enough to cuddle us when we slip, but also firm enough to get us back on track.  "Do you really need that 10th Oreo Susie?  I love you, but you're better than that." 

Yes, that person.

Once you have picked your mantra, set your goals and established your action plan, then it's time to call your person.  List off your goals, how you plan to start/keep them and how they can help keep you on track. 

Accountability is huugggggge so do yourself a favor and complete this step!
Favorite quote from 2017: 
 
"There are two types of people in the world: Those who bring energy, and those who take it away."

One of my goals in 2018 is to TRY to bring positive energy to everyone and everything that I encounter throughout the year.  I'll be far from perfect on this goal, but this is my mass phone-a-friend to you all to keep me accountable as we venture along.

I wanted to sincerely thank you for being part of The Six Week journey in 2017.  I'm very open and eager to see all that 2018 has in store and I'll be in touch this week with details for our January group that will begin on 1/22!

Wishing you tons of health and happiness,
Susie 
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