Every year like millions of other Americans, I compile my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m charged and ready to tackle them on stating “This is going to be the year I will check them all off.” However, by the end of the year when I look back to see if I stuck with any of them, I’m disappointed that I may have only succeeded to follow a few of them…sad face. Then I feel like a failure, which then leads me to overlook all the things I DID achieve and just focus on what I DIDN’T! It’s so terrible to the self esteem and I don’t know why I repeatedly do that to myself.
I do make professional goals for my DJ career, and those I’m really good at achieving, but why is it so hard for me to change a routine, behavior, or habit that I know will make a better “happier” version of myself and help me go farther in my personal and professional life? I’ve read Gretchin Rubin’s Happiness Project and Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now, Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, just to name a few. You’d think I’d have this thing all figured out!? I knew this year I had to do something different and hold myself accountable to do a better job at keeping track of my progress with sticking to the resolutions. In addition to making the resolutions measurable. SO, it was time for a New Year’s Resolution Makeover. And this year, I wanted to focus on setting resolutions which will change habits, behaviors, or routines that I feel would result in being a happier, balanced, healthier, and successful person and entrepreneur.
I’m following the footsteps of a good friend of mine Rajiv Satyal, a comedian that always succeeds at making me laugh in a show or when we are just kickin it. He tried out The Year of The Hustle calendar and got amazing results last year! You can read his journey here. It’s based on Jerry Seinfeld’s “don’t break the chain” method. It’s a bird’s eye view of the entire year on one gigantic 24″ by 36″ calendar. First, you break down your resolutions into the 12 months of the year, doing 1 (or more if you’re feeling extra charged) a month. Then you put a blue “X” on the days you do the main resolution for that month and a red “X” if you miss it. You put a green circle for all the other resolutions. Each month you add on another resolution while still maintaining that resolution(s) from the previous month. I’m a very visual person, and get a high from crossing things off a list, so I’m thinking this HAS TO WORK! Plus, if I blog about it each month that’ll encourage me even more since I’m putting it all out there for the world to read and follow. 🙂
For January I gave myself a total of 4 resolutions. Here’s the breakdown:
- Meditate for 10min
- Read a daily devotional in the morning and let it soak in.
- Write in my one-sentence “Happiness Journal” before bed.
- Workout 5 days a week – 3 strength training + 2 days of cardio + 1 day of yoga/pilates (to help me achieve fitness goals I have for the year)
Report Card: C+ I stayed fairly consistent with daily goals, but I completely stunk at the working out routine. I only made it a total of 10 days the entire month! That’s probably one of the worst months in my history of exercising!!! I’ve been consitent with exercising throughout my life, sometimes having a bad couple weeks here or there if I get really busy. But, I’ve always struggled to make it to the gym on a regular basis during the winter. The dreaded hassle to pile on the clothes and jacket, scarf, hat etc. and then have to wait until the car warms up. blah blah blah…I’d rather stay warm and cozy inside. Or I get busy with my daily tasks and then let the day slip away and “hey look! it’s dinner time!”
FEBRUARY RESOLUTION – I’m only adding one this month since I seemed to get a slow start in January at getting the hang of this new venture… so “Turn off phone 1 hour before I go to bed” it is!
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln