Goals, Change, and False Flag Millennials, Oh My!

TGIF, my poppets, you’ve made it through the first work week of 2017.

I had a chat with a dear friend yesterday about the challenges of the New Year, self-awareness, and personal change. If you’re working on resolutions, or goals, or just deciding to change the side of the part in your hair this year, I hope that you are doing well, but I also hope you’re not putting too much pressure on yourself.

Change is hard, and substantial change is even harder, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t lose 20 pounds, go gluten-free, take up wood-working, and run for local office all in the same month - it’s just too much and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. It’s always helped me to start small and celebrate the victories, even if that’s deciding to write for 20 minutes every morning or aiming for 10,000 steps every day. Change takes motivation, simplicity and time. For habit inspiration, check out BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model and for encouragement sign up for Coach.me, Tony Stubblebine’s habit-honing app, which I used when I quit drinking nearly two years ago (!!).

And reach out: talk to people about your wins and your challenges. Sometimes, it’s just about getting that one magic check mark a day, and having someone to celebrate with. No matter what, be easy on yourself, and know that setbacks do not define you. I’m always here to listen, so please email and say hi if you’d like.

And if you’re in need for a few simple 2017 activities, here are a few things to get you going: