When I decided to change my life, I started with what I thought would be a small change. I went from eating a Vegetarian diet to eating a plant-based one. I already “knew” the cruelty involved in eating dairy and meat, but the longer I’ve been Vegan (someone who tries to live as cruelty-free as is possible), I’ve found out more and more about the animal industry that I truly wish I didn’t know. However, learning new recipes has actually taught me to be a better cook. When you can’t just throw cheese on something to improve the taste, you’ve really got to know what you’re doing. I use many more spices than I ever did before, and also spices from different parts of the world. My cooking has most definitely improved, but most of my meals take longer to prepare. So, there is the good along with the “bad”.
That being said, I’ve been on a journey that has stopped at more than a few rest areas along the way. And, being stuck in too many rest areas, I’ve come to the realization that there is really only one way to look at the rather large goals that I have. I’ve been changing my thoughts on these goals, and thinking of them as a lifestyle, not a diet, and not “just” goals and steps, but as a deliberate way to live my life. So, every time the alarm goes off and I know that I’ve got to get up and work out, I tell myself it’s a lifestyle. So far, this has worked, and I’ve gotten up and done what I’ve planned on.
Part of what has helped me, and might help you too, is that I’ve been making goals for each week and working daily to achieve them. Some of these goals deal with house-work, and some deal with my goal of finishing the book I’m working on. I find that if I break them down into smaller steps, I’ve been hitting more goals than not. This is helping with my confidence, since I’ve been tracking everything and seeing more successes than failures.
So, how have you been doing with your goals for the year, and what has been helping you achieve them? Let me know. You may have great ideas for the rest of us.