|Nachos and champagne to ring in the new year. Doesn't our kitchen just look lovely? Don't mind me - I look a mess.|
Last year, that wasn't the case.
My 2015 resolutions fell apart early. I think I went wrong from the very beginning because I set these goals despite not really feeling them. They were things I wanted to accomplish, but not things I was truly feeling motivated to work toward. They fell apart, and I just didn't care to get back on track.
|Don't get me wrong, it was a solid year - I ran my highest mileage ever and accomplished some great things!|
I'm not going to set out specific resolutions this year. I've been getting more and more specific with my resolutions because I felt like SMART goals were the way to go, but I found that last year that really backfired on me. The specificity of the goals felt like a stranglehold; it was too easy to fall short.
|Sometimes SMART goals require overthinking; it's time for me to simplify.|
I decided in November. I want to end each week feeling pretty satisfied with my physical activity...but what creates that satisfaction isn't set in stone.
So that's it. No true resolutions. I'll put some more thought into races as the year goes on; for now I just have A1A on my radar. There's no reason I can't adjust and set more specific goals later in the year, and that's what I'll do when inspiration hits. Right now, I need some flexibility and freedom. Instead of following SMART, I'm going to follow KISS.
Do you prefer specific goals or flexible goals?