The Journey: Finding new goals during the ‘New Normal’

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By Samantha Brazie, Special to The Paper

What’s shakin’ The Paper readers?

Over the last several months, many of us have fallen into a slump unlike any other we have seen in our lifetime. It is serious, depressing and it’s fair to say we have felt doomed.

Friends, I am guilty many times over. Thinking about that, and the less than positive outlook that has overcome me lately, I have done some serious soul searching and come to the conclusion that the ‘unknown’ has stopped me from focusing on moving forward in my Journey.

My job has become something that was very active and, well, interactive – to a desk job with very little activity. Working 50-60 hours a week didn’t seem as big of a deal as it does while I’m at my desk. It felt unfair, something I did not sign up for. Instead of accepting what was going on and working around it, I fought reality and got upset and depressed. In the meantime, my activity levels plummeted and my mental health was far from optimal. I have a feeling that you (yes you) understand something very similar to what I am describing.

So friends, I’m going to ask you to join me in setting a goal you’ve been putting off. What has this ‘new normal’ changed for you? What is your ‘if only’ goal?

First, decide on just one thing. One area you would like to be better….whether that means going back to pre-COVID times or something you have always wanted to work on. Then, find your why. If your ‘why’ is not strong enough, it will be difficult to stay focused.

Next, break your goal down a little bit – using the SMART method. Seems scientific, but trust me – it works.

S = specific: what outcome will you need to see to know your goal was reached?

M = Measurable: how will you know if the goal was completed?

A = Attainable: how likely is it you can reach your goal?

R = relevant: does it make much of a difference in your life to know this goal was achieved?

T = time-based: when will you accomplish this?

I am going to ask you to give your goal a 30-day expiration date. Let’s not make any massive goals like it’s New Year’s Day.

Here is mine: I need to move more, get up out of my desk and do something. So – my goal is to move (walk, get on the elliptical, yoga, lift weights or interval training) every day for a minimum of 30 minutes. My end result will be that I have completed 30 minutes of daily activity for one month. This will help me reach my goal by helping me to feel better and know I am working towards my overall health. I will keep a record of my activity and should I miss a day, I will get back up and move forward on the next day.

If you want to share your goals, email me! I would love to keep in touch with you and help you reach your goals any way I can. Next month, look forward to reading about my update and I look forward to hearing about yours. We can walk this Journey together on our own paths, friends!

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” — Jim Rohn

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