Breaking up (with old habits) is hard to do

The other day, I was working with a client on a food and mood journal (something I strongly recommend whether or not you’re looking to lose weight) and it made me think—especially in this season of overwhelm—about goals and resolutions.

We all know about SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. They’re basically precise data points that you set so you can stay on track and measure your progress. Over time, you realize, “hey, I can do this!”

But before you can be SMART, you have to be self-aware. Why are you setting these goals? What’s your motivation? Is it based on something someone else thinks is right? Or is it something you truly desire—and are willing to work hard for? Like so many things, unless you know the “why” behind the want, you’re just paying lip service.

Change is hard. Recognizing what you need to do to shed those limiting beliefs or get out of your comfort zone—or own way—is harder still. It’s scary. But with a mindful approach and some courage, change can be exhilarating.

Experimenting with a new you, envisioning success in a new way, and yes, keeping a journal, can be just the first step you need to becoming your best { self  } in 2018.

Do you have some old habits you’d like to change or kick to the curb? Please share in the comments below.