I have started working on a list of some of the positive changes I want to challenge myself with this year, which is a challenge in itself.
I know that whatever goals I set for myself need to accomplish two things
Improve my inner self
I know if I feel better about myself mentally this will flow over to my outer self. I will feel better mentally, emotionally and physically, which in turn will create a more positive outlook on life.
If we do not like or love ourselves we cannot really like or love others the way we should.
Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
If the challenges are too far reaching then I will set myself up for failure. The challenges I will be setting are baby steps that should ideally build on each other. For example, my challenge for this week is drink at least 60 ounces of water daily. I will continue to do this and hopefully increase (over time) my daily water intake.
The weekly challenges I am setting may seem small and insufficient to others, but I have let myself go so far down a dark path that baby steps for me are challenging.
If the challenges I set each week are what you need to improve you own feelings of self-worth than let’s do this together.
This year I want to focus on the positive instead of the negative and I know one way to do that (at least for me) is to have short-term goals that will led to long-term goals. In my case the long-term goal for 2018 is to pull myself out of this dark pit of depression and reclaim my life.
My last post in 2017 was titled, “2017 The Year of the Snowball Effect – The Dark Places in my Mind.” This past year was a rough one that was made a lot worse because I focused on the negative instead of the positive. It is time for me to pull myself out of the dark places in my mind and the one way I feel like this will be possible is by setting weekly challenges.
These challenges will not only be good for my physical health but will also change my focus, little by little, to a more positive state of mind.
Because January 1, 2018 is on a Monday, I will keep a journal throughout the week and I will do my best to post a new challenge each Monday and recap the week on Sundays.
Drink plenty of water – I know this sounds like a small challenge but for some (like me), it is a challenge. I have a water bottle that holds 20 oz. of water and my challenge is to drink three (3) bottles or 60 oz. of water each day.
I am starting with baby steps and believe if I continue to build on each step of the process that 2018 will also be a snowball effect, but one with a brighter, healthier and happier outcome.
Please join me in this challenge or whatever baby step you need to take this week that will change your focus from the negative to the positive.