It’s that time of year when we get a clean slate and many of us are busy setting goals and resolutions.
I’m not big on resolutions. They often seem too broad and lack the specificity of a goal.
I am still a fan of goal setting. I’ve taught the principles of goal setting to hundreds and hundreds of people. Entrepreneurs, corporate executives, you name it, in countless industries. However I’ve changed my view on this topic over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good clear measurable goal, and continue to set them for myself,
Goals provide us with concrete, specific outcomes we aim to achieve within a defined timeframe. How can we forget the good ol’ SMART goals!?
But habits are the real building blocks of success, Habits shape our daily routines and unlike goals, which are typically achieved once, habits become the fabric of our days and ensure more lasting, long-term outcomes.
They help to create the FEELING we are after. Which, ultimately, is why we go after a goal in the first place…how it’s going to make us FEEL when we achieve it.
Alongside habits, I also love to create new rituals. I see rituals as more symbolic acts that often have an emotional impact.
For example, flossing is a habit (one I need to up my game on) but it doesn’t have any emotional impact.
Rituals are infused with intention and often hold emotional significance. Habits are more routine, while rituals are deliberate and may serve to mark transitions or evoke a specific mindset. Incorporating rituals into our lives can be very powerful, enhance mindfulness and bring deeper meaning to our actions.
Habits and rituals are the foundation of making shifts and I love to start here when I work with clients to create new rhythms in their bodies, days, businesses and lives.
So instead of vague resolutions, or lofty goals, why not start with habits or rituals this year.