Hope is not a plan. Turn your wish into a plan.
What really matters to you in 2015 and what’s your plan?
Take a moment to reflect on the first six months of 2015 and look ahead to the rest of 2015. Do you need to change course? Re-commit? Congratulate yourself?
Try this exercise. Start by writing down a resolution, which is really just a glorified wish. Now write down a concrete plan to make it happen. If the resolution appears to be too much to tackle in the moment i.e. you have no idea how to start, then reframe it. This exercise is about success not failure.
If the resolution is too much for you now then write down a plan to get you closer to your goal. For example, “I will run a marathon in 2015” may not be realistic for you but “I will walk for 30 minutes every day for 6 weeks, then I will start a couch to 5K plan if these old knees will allow it”. Now you have turned a wish into a realistic plan.
Here are my intentions for 2105.
Revisited on May 31, 2015
I will remain committed to healthy eating: I will continue to develop delicious and nutritious recipes and share them with you. I have been eating delicious healthy meals but alas I haven’t been sharing them enough with you. I will try to do better.
I want a balanced mind and body: I will improve my cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility by scheduling my workouts for the week on Sunday nights. Despite my hip injury, I have stayed true to my goal. I stopped cycling and started swimming and frankly I’m loving how my body feels more balanced and flexible. I’ve lost 20 pounds since January and I don’t plan to find them. 🙂
I will schedule time to meditate every day. I confess that I meditate maybe once a week but I’m feeling peaceful so that must be good enough for now.
I will continue to find grace in my daily work as a physician: I will keep an open heart. I am no longer working in clinical medicine because of my injuries but I am keeping an open heart and I will figure out a way to continue to serve my community as a physician. I might teach at the medical school or influence health policy through the written word.
I will remain grateful even in the face of challenge: I will begin and end my day with gratitude. This has been a struggle with all of the changes this year; my injury, looking at hip surgery, forced retirement, and losing a little of my identity, but I do begin and end my day with gratitude for my family, my friends and the life I have created for myself.
Being honest with yourself about your priorities and your faults is a good place to start if you truly want to change.
I hope that you enjoyed my “Let’s Be Honest” series in 2014. Here are the links for any posts that you may have missed.