New Year, New You

New Year, New You
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New Year, New You

Welcome to 2017!

Can you believe its here already? I can’t but I can say I am eager to get stuck into another year here at Spiced Anecdotes. I hope you’ll come along with me on the journey and that you get some great tips and advice from the blog. There’s plenty of new ideas and some free resources coming this year too, so lets make this the year you have a New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

It’s the time of year when people start making resolutions. Well, instead of making a resolution to cook that you won’t remember or won’t want to do anything about post January 15, I have something better you can do. What is it? It’s easy.

Make a goal!

Yep, that’s it. Sounds simple, but its actually going to make all the difference. Make a goal instead of a resolution and you’re off to a better start this year. If you can make that goal SMART then you’re on the track to achieving that goal. But if you can take that SMART goal and make a goal plan to go along with it, then you’re going to be able to complete your goal easily and without much hassle.

Let me explain.

Goals vs resolutions

According to Tony Robbins, January 15 is the date at which people have already broken their resolutions. And its easy to see why. A resolution is simply a way of acknowledging that you know you need to make a change, but there’s nothing in the resolution that will really help you make that change.

Vague comments like “I will cook more this year”, “I am going to start making my own dinners” or “I will eat healthy this year” are good, but its not enough to actually help you actually do anything. A goal on the other hand is a bit clearer, and usually gives you something to do. “I am going to cook dinner on the weekends”, “I am going to make my own pasta sauce from now on”,  or “No more eating biscuits with my cup of tea” are all heading in the right direction.

SMART goals

SMART goals are the best way to get some action happening. It stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

If you can check your goal off against each of these then you will get a more meaningful goal, such as:

  • “I will eat healthy during the week by making a salad to go with my meal.”
  • “Each time I have pasta for dinner I will make my own tomato sauce.”
  • “Every Sunday night I will create a meal plan for all my dinners during the week, then I will go grocery shopping each Monday morning so I have all the ingredients on hand.”

These SMART goals are specific to a situation and they are easily measured (i.e. if you do it you can check it off). They are attainable because they don’t involve anything too crazy and way out and are realistic because they fit within the normal bounds of your regular weekly schedule. Each goal is also time-bound because you know when and where the goal will take place.

Make a goal plan

A goal plan is the single most important step that will help you actually reach your goal. It is the one step that no one talks about, and is the step that many people don’t know they need to do.

A goal plan is essentially a list of the steps you need to take to achieve the goal you’ve set. Think about it, no goal is actually so easy that it can be achieved in one go. Most goals require multiple actions to take place so that the overall goal is achieved.

Lets use the example above of “I will eat healthy during the week by making a salad to go with my meal.” The steps involved in this might be:

  • Buying salad items like lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, beetroot and avocado as part of your weekly shop.
  • Chopping the salad items on Sunday night and adding them to individual containers, or making the salad in one huge container and using it over the course of the week.
  • Buying or learning to make salad dressing.
  • Learning how to chop vegetables, or learning how to make it faster.
  • Moving an appointment so you can have time to prepare the salad on Sunday nights.
  • Or getting home earlier each weeknight so you have time to prepare the veggies and combine them into a salad.

Once you put these steps onto a calendar your goal plan is complete. It’s then a simple matter of just doing the steps as they turn up on your calendar.

The goal plan is the part that makes the action happen. If you are having trouble getting started on a goal, then write a hassle free plan that makes it easier to get started. Because after all, one small step at a time is what gets you along the path to success.

 

New Year, New You – start right now!

So if you’re thinking this is going to be the year where you change your life by learning to cook then I’m right here behind you encouraging you on. Learning to cook was the catalyst for change in my own life, and I am a happier healthier person because of it. I not only improved my cooking skills, I learnt to eat better, I got more energy, I started exercising and then I found time to pursue my passions.

You see, you don’t have to be a chef, you just have to want to make a change in your life. So make cooking that one simple change. Make a goal, make it SMART and set the goal plan in place.

I promise you, there’s no looking back. Your future is looking bright!

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