Monday, January 30, 2017

Holding Yourself to the Fire

I don't want to get to the end of the year and have to report back that I failed to meet my goal of being able to describe my life as "full of vitality" like I did last year. But, let's face it, most New Year's Resolutions are doomed to failure! Kelsey says this book is good for figuring out what kind of person you are when it comes to forging new habits. You can also take the online quiz here

I'm the kind of person who needs:

  • A really concrete goal
  • An extremely clear vision of the specific actions that will lead to the end goal
  • A plan for how and when to do the actions I need to do (so I can go on auto-pilot)
  • A system for tracking my actions toward the goal
  • A system for publicly sharing my progress (or lack thereof) on the actions
Last year I made a little notebook for my bathroom, so I could weigh myself each week and hold myself accountable for whether or not I was able to maintain my ideal weight. This year, I wanted to better track the specific actions that are aligned with my goal. My specific actions are aligned with trying to live an 80/20 lifestyle. (There's an old Chinese adage that you only have to eat healthy 80% of the time). So this tracker helps me pay attention to how many unhealthy meals I eat (it should stay at about four) and how many "extra" treats I eat during the week (like a donut or cookie at work). I'm trying to keep those at about one per week. I also want to run twice a week and go to yoga once a week. 

I complete the tracker from the previous week on Saturday and then text a picture of it to my mom, aunt, and cousins for that extra layer of accountability. I have asked them to please text me if I don't send it on Saturday! I will also report on it during my monthly "Reflection & Rejuvenation" posts.


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1 comment:

Katherine Robinson said...

Have you ever found an app to help you with tracking your goals? I love the book but am not sure how practical it would be for me.

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