I want you to imagine the person you want to be by this time next year. Make it realistic. Do you want to be able to hike a mountain? Do you want to be able to run around with your kids? Do you want your body to “just feel right”? Do you want to have learned something new? Met new people? Discovered a new hobby?
For me, and for many people, the goal is to be a better version of who I already am. I want to feel as though I tried, I succeeded and I made myself better. Everyone’s goals will be different. As I struggle through a major decision to halt my weight loss for a while, I am trying to decide what other aspects I can continue to build upon.
Progress is forward motion no matter how slow. Forward doesn’t mean a straight line. Going forward means you don’t stop and you don’t go backwards. I read a great quote the other day that really inspired me to take care of myself.
I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. – Audre Lorde
This is true in so many ways. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It is of the utmost importance to take care of yourself. Make yourself as whole of a person on your own. Don’t expect other people to fulfill you, or to make you happy. It comes from inside, from your own dedication to your enrichment.
I’m going to be gentle with my goal. From now until the end of the year, I am going to make the time to sketch at least once a week, and to write a handwritten, heartfelt letter to someone I love. I am also going to continue to learn how to run a 5K and stay active by going to the gym at least 3 days a week.
Take some time and think of some goals you’d like to accomplish. Write them down. You don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want to, but accountability is very powerful. If you have someone you trust, someone who loves you, I suggest sharing with them and making them a part of your goal.
You are important. You are special and only you can make you believe that. Make yourself believe.