2018 is the year I stop making New Year's resolutions.
What are resolutions anyway? Basically, you promise to deny yourself something you love or to start doing something you hate. You can stick with it for a short period of time, but then you have a stressful day and all bets are off. Next comes the guilt.
Why put yourself through that?
Instead, this year I'm going to set goals. I'm going to make sure they are reasonable things I want to accomplish and can actually achieve if I set aside an adequate amount of time. No pie in the sky stuff this year. I'm going to break my goals down into bite-sized nuggets and I'm going to get them done, darn it. There's something about changing the terminology from "resolutions" to "goals" that makes me feel more optimistic.
For example, let's say I have a self-sabotaging fondness for French fries (hypothetically, of course). I could say my resolution is to never eat those salty, crispy morsels of deliciousness again. I'd fail. Not that I eat French fries often, but just saying that I wasn't going to eat them again would make me crave them. So I'd eat them. And I'd feel bad (both physically and emotionally).
What if, instead, I said I'm setting a goal to choose carbs that are high-fiber and full of nutrients? I might break it into the following tasks: listing carbs that fit my criteria, making a few meal plans that incorporate those carbs, shopping for ingredients, and preparing the food. Instead of obsessing over the fact that I was depriving myself of French fries, I'd be focusing on finding tasty ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, quinoa, lentils, and acorn squash.
See the difference? What a mindset shift!
2018 is going to be a good year.