How Not to Make a Resolution Part 2 – Three Important Questions to Ask Yourself

By Adrianne Delgado, RD, LDN

Heather did an awesome job setting us up for the New Year and explaining the importance of goal setting over resolutions in our most recent blog post. I wanted to challenge you a bit further with a few more thoughts based off of a video I watched this morning from Marie Forleo. Click here if you want to watch the video in its entirety or read on for some take home points.

Now Marie talks about the importance of purging and pruning which has a lot of value but I want to take a moment and focus in on her nugget of wisdom of how to figure out which goal to focus on. For many of us, we have a whole bunch of ideas or goals we want to accomplish which can feel overwhelming and ultimately lead to doing nothing. Here are three important questions to ask yourself when deciding which goal to commit to.

What is the payoff for making this project happen?

How will this goal impact you mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually or financially?

How will this project ultimately benefit others?

What is the payoff for other people in your life….your family, colleagues or greater society? And finally (my favorite)

Who will you have to become in order to make this goal or project a reality?

What habits, skills or character traits will you need to develop to make this come to life?

The last two questions really hit home for me. Too often I get consumed with figuring out what I want to accomplish that I forget the impact it has on the people that mean the most to me. Or, I convince myself that my goal will be helpful to others but I end up sacrificing my integrity and values to make it happen. Let me give you an example. I recently took on the project of weekly newsletters for our business to give both patients and non-patients practical nutrition information they can incorporate into their lifestyles. The payoff personally is feeling good about helping others with the potential to introduce our business to more people. The project will benefit others by helping them in their own walk towards health and wellness and hopefully give them ways to live a healthier lifestyle and live their best life.

What I didn’t think about was who I would have to become to make this project a reality. I didn’t think about the time I would have to sacrifice from my family to write more. I didn’t think about the time I would have to invest to learn how to become a better writer. My family was getting a little agitated (rightly so!) and my patience was wearing thin. These real-life challenges ultimately could have stopped me from reaching a professional goal and it would have been easy to scrap the whole idea. Thankfully some creative scheduling opened up a door to keep this idea a reality and create boundaries around family time. The good news is now, and moving forward, I can use these three questions to help create effective goals I feel good about, instead of jumping into something and getting frustrated with all the challenges.

What are your goals for this upcoming year? How can these three questions direct your path to meeting them? We at Bodymetrix wish you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year! As always, we would love the opportunity to work with you to help you reach your health goals so if you need anything at all, do not hesitate to reach out to us! We do accept most health insurance plans and most plans offer covered visits with little to no out of pocket costs. We would love to see you this year!

Adrianne Delgado, RD, LDN
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