Actions Speak Louder than Facebook Posts: 2016 Resolutions & Goals

Actions Speak Louder than Facebook Posts: 2016 Resolutions & Goals

Jessica Wagner

It’s here!  Whether we’re ready or not, 2016 is right around the corner which means it’s time to write those New Year’s resolutions!  And I mean literally write them down, in cursive handwriting (because when was the last time you wrote in cursive?), and post them on your bulletin board.

(Jon and I jumpstarted our new year with a four mile run last night.)

A goal is what you want you achieve, while a resolution is the action you take to get you there.  I choose to write a goal list every year.  All through high school, my one goal at the start of the new year was to get in better shape.  On December 31st, I’d write down my weight, height and body measurements from bust to waist to bicep and calf circumference and compare them to the previous year.  This wasn’t the best goal or method of measurement for an obsessive, self-conscious high schooler.  Over the past two years, I finally figured out how to set measurable, attainable, productive goals (well, mostly…”get tan & toned” is still on my list every year).  It's a great feeling when I look at my list at the end of the year and see what I've accomplished.  I encourage my friends to make a realistic goal list each year, too.  Sometimes it feels silly and it can be hard to come up with the things you want to achieve, but it's a necessary task for self-improvement.

Take an hour today to think about what you want to accomplish this year and write it down.  If you have a hard time motivating yourself to reach goals, I suggest writing out your resolutions (i.e. go to the gym twice a week to get in better shape, pack your own lunch every day to be healthier or to save money).

Most importantly, once your list is written out, don’t forget about it throughout the year.  If you’re working on resolutions, revisit the list once a week until your resolution has become a habit.  If you’re working towards goals, review your list each month to see if you can cross anything off and remind yourself to keep working towards them.  Then at the end of 2016 you’ll be happy to look back on the year and see all that you accomplished!

This brings me to my next point and the title of this post: actions speak louder than Facebook posts.  There’s a TED Talk about how you keep your goals to yourself.  Why?  You get the same sense of accomplishment by telling someone your goal as you do by actually completing it.  Example:  You sign up for a race and post it on a Facebook status.  Everyone congratulates you for signing up and you feel great about yourself.  A few months later, the race comes around but you haven’t prepared for it since you already felt that sense of accomplishment for signing up in the first place.  I’ve been 100% guilty of this in the past with blog posts, but I’m trying to stick to my word from now on.

Rather than posting goals on Facebook or Instagram or telling all our friends about them this year, let’s put our energy into reaching them and share them once they’ve been completed.  We should be writing our goals based on what we truly value in our lives anyway, rather than what the Facebook community finds noteworthy.  Agree??  Good!

Here is my goal list from 2015:

(The circled goals were not completed this year so they'll be carried over into 2016 along with some others.)

If your goal in 2016 is to become a healthier person, here are some resolution suggestions to get you there:

  • Pick up a new physical activity (running 2-3 times per week with a friend or running group, going for a 30 minute walk every other day, joining a dodgeball team, swimming laps once a week, going to a kickboxing gym or yoga studio 2-3 times per week)
  • Quit or cut back on a bad habit (smoking, drinking alcohol, swearing, being negative, sleeping too much)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables every day
  • Take daily vitamins
  • Eat a healthy breakfast every day
  • Pack your own lunches
  • Practice meditation daily or at least once a week
  • Read a book rather than reading Buzzfeed or watching Netflix every night

To jumpstart 2016, I’ll be hosting an Instagram fitness challenge in January!  Follow Run Life Co. on Instagram if you’d like to join.  Another way to motivate yourself in 2016 is with some new workout gear so all Run Life Co. apparel is 25% off this weekend!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings for you.  Cheers, everyone!

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Do you make a goal list or resolution list each year?  Which one?

Do you have any resolution suggestions for being a healthier person?

What are some goals/resolutions you’ve set and accomplished in the past?

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