Planning Your Thrival Life
All the planning, shopping, partying, and visiting family for Christmas is over. Now you have a week to sit around and do nothing – or do you? If you are one of the adventurous individuals then It’s the time of year to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. You know those goals which won’t even make it to Jan 2nd. Let alone through February.
This seems to be how it usually turns out. No matter how much thought, planning, and intention you put into achieving a goal you don’t get very far before it is no longer a priority. The problem is your goals are important. You need to take the time to figure out what you want to accomplish and how you are going to get there. Otherwise you will be loosely gliding through the year working on whatever comes your way.
This year be more intentional to stop surviving life. Stop letting other friends, family, companies, or marketing firms tell you the best way to life your life. Choose to live a thrival life this coming year then put your energy and intention into rejecting life in survival mode and life a thriving life.
The purpose of planning is more about thriving than being successful. You want to put yourself in a place where you are no longer surviving life, but thriving because you have taken back control of your schedule and life. This mentality should be overarching in planning out all of your goals. Whether it is fitness, diet, finances, relationships, career, or entrepreneurship. You want to be able to thrive where you are currently living.
When creating your goals for the coming year, ensure you are not looking for success, riches, or even promotions. Ensure you are choosing to thrive. That you are specifically attempting to eliminate everything in your life which is causing you to survive. The purpose is to creating a solid thriving foundation which gives you the ability to take the next step toward success.
If you are going to thrive then you need to be honest about your life. Honest about your finances, dreams, pursuits, goals, relationships, and health. If you are not honest about where you truly are and what you realistically want to achieve. You will never reach your goals not matter how hard you try.
Take the time to look at what you want to accomplish in this coming year. Are the goals you have identified achievable? If not then take the time to rewrite your goals. Also in the course of digging deeper within your goals, ensure you are honest with where you are starting. If you say you only need to lose 5 pounds, but you really need to lose 20. Then you are not being honest about where you are beginning to achieve a healthy goal.
Another step in planning your Thrival Life is to understand the reasons behind your goals. Many times individuals choose a goal either out of expectations, tradition, or guilt. We want to go to the gym more next year because this is the goal of all your friends. You are going to settle down next year because this is the expectation of your family. You are going to make more money next year because your friends all have nicer things than you.
If you choose a goal through an unhealthy reason, you will be frustrated by not achieving the goal. Then even if you do achieve your goal, you will not be happy with the outcome. You were attempting to live someone else’s life and achieve someone else’s dream. With every goal you want to achieve over the new year, ensure your reasons for putting the goal on your list are sound. Then make sure they are for pure reasons and not because of someone else’s expectation of your life.
The next step in the Thrival Life planning is to initiate the process. This is not a “I will get to it when I am ready.” You want to plan out specifically when you will start and with what pieces of the plan. One of the greatest failures to plans or resolutions is having a “soft” start date. If you do not plan out when you are going to start and what you will do each day to work toward your goals or plans, you will most likely stop at the first hurdles you face.
Now that you are moving forward with your plan you want to take the time to validate the process is working for you. Do you need to make any adjustments, do you need to alter part of your process. During this stage which can occur anytime after you have begun the process, take the time to specifically review your plan and process. Rarely do plans work out as designed. If you are getting frustrated by your plan, instead of stopping, figure out where you can make adjustments.
Do you need to alter your timeline? Are your steps too complicated or too simple? Do you need to add other steps into your process in order to achieve your goals? In the instance of eating better you would be looking at places where you diet isn’t working, maybe around lunchtime while at work. This is where you would validate what you have in place is working. Do you need to pack a different lunch, eat away from your desk, or avoid going out during your lunch break. This step is where you need to get super creative in order to not let a small hurdle keep you from achieving your goals.
Probably the most important step is to keep executing against your goals. Once you stop, even for a day, you are more likely to stop or slow down moving each day forward. The idea is to simply take a step each day. No matter how small, keep the momentum moving forward.
If you are attempting to exercise more, but find yourself in a place where the day is getting away from you, get creative. Maybe a full exercise turns into a walk around the block. You take the stairs or choose to walk to places instead of driving. Doing something small is better than doing nothing at all. Again, instead of letting circumstances stop you, get creative and find other alternatives to execute against your goals.
Goals don’t have to be huge or earth changing, they just need to assist in the pursuit of your Thrival Life. Take the time to figure out what goals can help you achieve this path. Then eliminate the tasks which put you in survival mode in order to truly live a Thrival Life.
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